SparkPeople WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=185 The WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP is here to lend support, accountability and encouragement for your writing projects. Post daily and join the challenges! May ALL of your writing goals & dreams come true! SparkPeople WRITERS' SUPPORT GROUP Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=185 What are your daily writing routines? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x58489723 Hi all! I've been thinking a lot this week about my daily routines, and trying to identify which routines help to get me writing. I thought I'd start this thread for people who would like to share the routines that work for them. <BR> <BR> For me, this is what works: <BR> <BR> <em>189</em> Wake up, do some yoga, and have a glass of water to wake up my brain. <BR> <em>189</em> Get straight to writing (just 20 min!) before breakfast. <BR> <em>189</em> Break my writing time into 2... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:54:44 EST Looking for community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x58468784 Hi! I'm a philosopher and new professor looking for a community of writers to help me make the most of my summer. I'm new to sparkpeople and joined just for this forum! I'd love to connect with other writers, to share writing goals and weekly progress updates. Feel free to get in touch :) Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:01:09 EST Happy Release Week to meeeeeeeeeeeeee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x58419436 Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is now available for sale! WHO-HOOOOO!!! Thu, 3 Jul 2014 14:47:51 EST July 1!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x58313291 One more week until my release day. Oh boy oh boy oh boy. <BR> <BR> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:55:13 EST Prompt Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x58245692 Has anyone ever tried them or found one that they really loved? I discovered 642 Things To Write About and quite frankly...I AM IN LOVE. I carry that thing everywhere. :) Tue, 17 Jun 2014 09:28:18 EST Amazon vs. Hachette http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x58051364 Anyone else caught in the cross-fire? Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? releases July 1 and there's no pre-order button on Amazon. <BR> <BR> <link>tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/25/appl<BR>e-amazon-hachette-antitrust/?iid=obnet<BR>work </link> Fri, 30 May 2014 14:24:28 EST What Market Would buy Occult Horror and Thrillers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57978822 I wrote the book "The 4th Floor Suite', and it's about a Satanic Order and how it fails to summons the Devil. Some other plots in it are a suspenseful romance and paranormal activity. I published it on Amazon as both a paperback and eBook novel right here: <BR> <BR> http://www.amazon.com/The-4th-Floor-Suite-<BR>Timmons/dp/1492206571/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UT<BR>F8&qid=1400904872&sr=8-1&keywords=the+<BR>4th+floor+suite <BR> <BR> I have never marketed a book I wrote and published before, and I'm sear... Sat, 24 May 2014 00:16:02 EST Glad I have a thick skin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x57688635 I had my critique group meeting last night, and apparently I went on and on (and on and on and on) about the hero cooking eggs. Or, rather, trying to cook eggs. My CG renamed my manuscript: The Man Who Could Not Cook. <BR> <BR> It was a good night, though. That's what critique groups are for. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:29:42 EST Writing Help Books http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57471874 I've been diving headlong into a lot of these books lately: Writing For Your Life, The Only Writing Series You'll Ever Need: Getting Published, Writers Digest books....even looking into prompt books, like 642 Things To Write About. A friend of mine even linked me to an online writing workshop that furnishes TONS of course books. <BR> <BR> Does anyone else make use of these tools, and if so, what are some of your favorites that you would recommend? Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:31:52 EST what and where are you writing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x57433613 I tend to write different place and different things. I write on my couch, laying in bed, at a desk, the library on my porch eve at a park. I also write things from long letters to loved ones, poems, journal entries, blogs or just random thought. I think it would be fun to see where at what people are writing. Tue, 8 Apr 2014 10:20:07 EST Hi There http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x57238510 My names Merinda, new to this thing, but I'm ready to get off the couch and try to get control of myself and my weight. Finding direction: Not just for my characters any more. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 01:09:57 EST National Poetry Month: April http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x57098513 Does anyone in this forum write poetry? Do you do any of the NaPoWriMo challenges that come up this time of year? (Write a poem a day for 30 days in April.) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:37:28 EST AmtrakReside ency4Writers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57082083 <link>blog.amtrak.com/amtrakresidency/ </link> <BR> AmtrakResidency4Writers <BR> <BR> Amtrak is excited to announce the official launch of the #AmtrakResidency program. <BR> <BR> #AmtrakResidency was designed to allow creative professionals who are passionate about train travel and writing to work on their craft in an inspiring environment. Round-trip train travel will be provided on an Amtrak long-distance route. Each resident will be given a private sleeper car, equipped with a desk, ... Tue, 11 Mar 2014 00:28:22 EST Are you building a platform? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57060562 I have a writers conference I go to every year and I'm preparing to go again this year. This is a question we discuss a lot. <BR> <BR> How are you building an audience for your writing? Sun, 9 Mar 2014 10:35:12 EST As you know, Bob... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x57026994 Yesterday when I posted the article on details, I used the phrase "walk the dog." I wondered how extensively that was used - like, did anyone NOT know what it was? I've also heard "save the cat" the give someone anti-heroic a redeeming quality and "as you know, Bob" to describe disguising backstory into dialogue that the character should already know. <BR> <BR> Any others? Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:43:18 EST What goal or goals do you have related to fitness? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57026766 I take a walk every day after work for at least 20 minutes although often I go longer. I know that I can do the 20 minutes. Thu, 6 Mar 2014 10:26:03 EST Details in Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x57013908 I judge a lot of romance contests for unpublished writers, and too often I see two things: A boring laundry list of descriptions (The large room had bookshelves against one wall. The other wall had two French doors that opened into the gardens. In front of those doors was a green sofa.) and "walking the dog" method of describing action (He took the keys out of his pocket and found the one for his car. He stuck the key in the lock and turned. He opened the door and slid into the driver's ... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:21:46 EST What are you working on right now? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x57013690 I am working on a math curriculum where students solve fractions problems in a bake shop. Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:09:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 2 - 8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56965951 <BR> 1)Photography is more than a medium for factual communication of ideas. It is a creative art. <BR> Ansel Adams <BR> <BR> 2)It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you'll do things differently. <BR> Warren Buffett <BR> <BR> 3)The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , t... Sat, 1 Mar 2014 19:20:27 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 23 - March 1 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56864693 THE WISDOM OF THE GREEKS II <BR> ============================== <BR> 1)An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 2)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 3)Wise leaders generally have wise counselors because it takes a wise person themselves to distinguish them. <BR> Diogenes of Sinope <BR> <BR> 4)One may define flattery as a bas... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:25:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 16 - 22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56864495 THE WISDOM OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS <BR> ===================================== <BR> <BR> 1)It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all. <BR> Democritus <BR> <BR> 2)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)Pay attention to your enemies, for they are the first to discover your mistakes. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 4)Anybody can become angry - that ... Fri, 21 Feb 2014 19:07:30 EST Valentine's Day giveaway http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x56771986 I'm giving away TWO copies of Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? to ONE winner. Share with someone you love! <BR> <BR> <link>www.justcontemporaryromance.com </link> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 10:41:22 EST Doctor Cover Reveal!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x56761937 I'm SO EXCITED - Romantic Times picked up Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? for an exclusive cover reveal. This is HUGE for romance writers. Yay!!!! Plus the cover is GORGEOUS!!! <BR> <BR> http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-bl<BR>og/exclusive-cover-reveal-abigail-shar<BR>pes-who-wants-marry-doctor <BR> <BR> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 14:06:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( FEB 9 - 15 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56707514 1)A lie told often enough becomes the truth. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 2)There are no morals in politics; there is only expedience. A scoundrel may be of use to us just because he is a scoundrel. <BR> Vladimir Lenin <BR> <BR> 3)The greatest wealth is to live content with little, for there is never want where the mind is satisfied. <BR> Lucretius <BR> <BR> 4)No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own fam... Sun, 9 Feb 2014 11:53:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 2 - 8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56688618 QUOTES BY THEODOR WIESENGRUND ADORNO <BR> ========================================<BR>====== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality. <BR> <BR> 2) There are no more ideologies in the authentic sense of false consciousness, only advertisements for the world through its duplication and the provocative lie which does not seek belief but commands silence. <BR> <BR> 3)Once the last trace of emotion has been eradicated, nothing remains of thought bu... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:55:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 26 - Feb 1 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56688302 1)Be convinced that to be happy means to be free and that to be free means to be brave. Therefore do not take lightly the perils of wa <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 2) Mens indignation, it seems, is more excited by legal wrong than by violent wrong; the first looks like being cheated by an equal, the second like being compelled by a superior. <BR> Thucydides <BR> <BR> 3) The depth and strength of a human character are defined by its moral reserves. People reveal themselves completely only when ... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:34:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 19 -24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56687973 1) Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 2)You never really know a man until you have divorced him. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 3)I am a marvelous housekeeper. Every time I leave a man I keep his house. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gabor <BR> <BR> 4)Engrave this Quote Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. <BR> Bill Gates <BR> <BR> 5)Often you have to rely on intuition. <BR> Bi... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 19:03:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 12 - 18) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56684947 1)Have you ever been hurt and the place tries to heal a bit, and you just pull the scar off of it over and over again. <BR> Rosa Parks <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even known they had done so. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 5)The sweetest of all sounds i... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:26:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 5- 11) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56684813 1)If you can dream it, you can do it. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 2)Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night. <BR> William Blake <BR> <BR> 3)Know or listen to those who know. <BR> Baltasar Gracian <BR> <BR> 4)True friendship multiplies the good in life and divides its evils. Strive to have friends, for life without friends is like life on a desert island... to find one real friend in a lifetime is good fortune; to keep him is a blessing. <BR> Baltasar Gr... Fri, 7 Feb 2014 13:13:19 EST Character personalities and development http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56537560 Hi everyone, I've started working on a novel that's been in the back of my head for a while. Since I normally write poetry I've been doing some research online into character traits and development. I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all the information I seem to need for all the different character sheets available for download (Who does he admire? Who does he want to emulate? Who does he least want to emulate?). So my question is: do I need to know all of these details before I start ... Mon, 27 Jan 2014 15:47:42 EST Self-Publishing Reviewers Forum http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56486748 I had a brainstorm today. I don't think this should sit with just bloggers. I think someone out there, maybe a team of students, should create a magazine to review self-published books. <BR> <BR> I was at a writers' group yesterday and brought up the indie publishing ideas. One writer has used Amazon's Create Space for a manual at work, but said he wouldn't use it again because, for his novel, he wants "real reviewers" to review his book. <BR> <BR> That has disturbed me. I'm sure there are ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 16:57:31 EST My Intro Blurb http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x56434427 Hi there! I’m more or less new to Sparkpeople. I joined a few years ago when I was doing the C25K running program, but I didn’t participate in the boards or on the teams. Decided I’d try to broaden my social horizons this time around! <BR> <BR> For my personal goals, I’m looking to tone up, get fit and be healthy this year. I’m also going to try to finish my first novel. I need to relax with my writing and not try to force it for the sake of a self-imposed deadline. <BR> <BR> I look forwar... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 22:44:00 EST New to Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x56429968 Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> I am really excited to be here. I can already tell this is a great community. <BR> <BR> I'm not really good at these " introduce yourself" posts. My goal is to lose 100 pounds. My scale isn't the greatest so I've been gauging my weight loss more by my clothing than the scale. I actually started walking last November. So far, I've dropped 2 jean sizes. Just this morning I changed my route because I was getting bored and really kicked butt. I'm feeling pretty proud of... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 16:30:07 EST Publishing Questions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56427920 I'm starting this new topic because I'm about to join a writers' group in my area (in person) mainly to ask what people are finding when looking into publishing. To "publish" or self-publish, that is the question. I've researched several self-publishing companies and would like to discuss some of the pros and cons with other writers. <BR> NYINME Sun, 19 Jan 2014 13:29:52 EST Light: The Book--32 hrs left to help publish... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x56244745 Hey howdy <BR> <BR> I have a physicist friend who is trying to get her book published. Its called "Light: the Book" and from talking with her in the past and the general gist of it, its a science book written in a way not-so-sciency types could understand. <BR> <BR> There's 32 hours left on kickstart for her to get backing, and we're about $650 away from her goal. if you want to know more about the book and project, check out this web address to help: <link>www.kickstarter.com/projects/128... Mon, 6 Jan 2014 13:51:29 EST You can call me Rayven http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x56186796 My name is Rasheda Poe, but my pen name is Rayven. I'm a mother, student and writer. My genre of choice... Paranormal Romance. I've been writing ghost stories since I was a kid. It wasn't until I decided I want to be a teacher, that I discovered I'm not to bad of a story teller. So I'm working on my first novel. <BR> <BR> There's more to share, and plenty of time to do it. So see you around the community. Thu, 2 Jan 2014 19:06:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 29- Jan 4 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56162907 NEW YEAR QUOTES <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months! <BR> ~Edward Payson Powell <BR> <BR> 2)Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. <BR> ~Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what ... Wed, 1 Jan 2014 10:44:55 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 22 - 28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56081645 1)He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything. <BR> Thomas Carlyle <BR> <BR> 2)The sweetest of all sounds is praise. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 3)Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 4)Let your mind alone, and see what happens. <BR> Virgil Thomson <BR> <BR> 5)In the Halls of Justice the only justice is in the halls. <BR> Lenny Bruce <BR> <BR> 6)A man in love is incomplete until he has married. Then he's finished. <BR> Zsa Zsa Gab... Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:06:00 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 15 - 21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x56063896 QUOTES BY CONFUCIUS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. <BR> <BR> 2)When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. <BR> <BR> 3)I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. <BR> <BR> 4)A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. <BR> <BR> 5)Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 22 Dec 2013 20:41:22 EST Where do I start and how do I get motivated? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55983957 With the new year right around the corner I need some inspiration for my weight lose goals. I have so many goals for this new year I do not know where to start. I am also lacking motivation? In the year of 2014 I really want to take my life back. I want to take back the life that I once had. I want to start and hopefully make a dent in my weight loss goal and return to writing. I have so many ideas of what I could do to get motivated but, I still need help. Are there any writer friends out th... Sun, 15 Dec 2013 00:03:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 8-14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55891925 QUOTES BY MORIHEI UESHIBA <BR> ============================ <BR> <BR> 1)Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment. <BR> <BR> 2)Life is growth. If we stop growing, technically and spiritually, we are as good as dead. <BR> <BR> 3)If your heart is large enough to envelop your adversaries, you can see right through them and avoid their attack... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 20:33:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 1 - 7 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55891576 QUOTES BY JOAN RIVERS <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio. <BR> <BR> 2)I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes and six months later you have to start all over again. <BR> Joan Rivers <BR> <BR> 3)I told my mother-in-law that my house was her house, and she said, 'Get the hell off my property.' <BR> <BR> 4)People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you ... Fri, 6 Dec 2013 19:50:41 EST Fiction- Writers' Idea-Sharing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55843954 Well, I'm so excited about what all of you are writing about your passions for FICTION (my lifelong passion, and lifeBLOOD!) I'm creating a new topic because I want to see it inspire people to write more fiction. <BR> <BR> Here's my idea share: I keep a notebook with me at all times. Whenever I want to write a new collection of stories, I have a running list of titles. Just titles. Throughout the day, these titles can appear in any form. <BR> <BR> When I get to sit and write, I look at t... Mon, 2 Dec 2013 21:18:47 EST Is fiction a waste of time? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55814356 Someone said that to me a while back... They didn't know I'm a wannabe writer, or that fiction is the blood that makes my heart pump life inside my veins... <BR> Do you think so? Why you think so? Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:42:50 EST Hello Fellow Writers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x55812494 I'm reasonably new at SPARKPEOPLE, and am two weeks into using it without posting on forums. Today, I finally introduced myself and then I found this Writers' Forum. This is exciting. I'm currently working on a novel with an editor waiting by, chapter by chapter. It's been a lifelong passion of mine to write fiction. It will be interesting to me to receive postings here from other writers. I'm also hoping that a Writers' Forum means people will be spelling out their words instead of using tex... Sat, 30 Nov 2013 09:25:12 EST Good News/Bad News about Thankgiving http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55800000 How was your Thanksgiving? Please share. Thu, 28 Nov 2013 23:06:47 EST Does writing help fitness goals? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55783860 How does being a writer impact your fitness plans and goals? Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:06:39 EST Synopsis http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x55773049 Just venting. I'm trying to write a synopsis without knowing what's happening in the book. I don't outline. I just write. THIS IS REALLY HARD!!!!! <BR> <BR> Thanks... I feel better now. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 10:07:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 24 - 30 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55751181 1)All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God. <BR> Thomas Browne <BR> <BR> 2)It is now common knowledge that the average American gains 7 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. <BR> Marilu Henner <BR> <BR> 3)We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people... And we must do so as one people with one goal. <BR> Kamla Persad-Bissessar <BR> <BR> 4)There are two things that I cannot live without: music and books. Caffeine isn't dignified enoug... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 13:13:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 17 - 23 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55750938 1)The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes <BR> <BR> 2)Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one. <BR> Stella Adler <BR> <BR> 3)I grew up with six brothers. That's how I learned to dance - waiting for the bathroom. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)We make a living by what we... Sun, 24 Nov 2013 12:49:53 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x55705859 I am new to spark people. I would rather be reading and writing than exercising, so I need all the encouragement I can get. :) Wed, 20 Nov 2013 12:50:13 EST ASKING FOR HELP WITH SOMETHING http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55622983 Hi, <BR> <BR> I don't post here too often. Mostly because I am really busy. <BR> <BR> So forgive me please because I am coming here now asking for a favor. I am starting a book review website. I've signed up for to get ARCs but I need to have followers before the publishers will give me the ARCs. <BR> <BR> *NOTE TO THOSE WHO MAY NOT KNOW - an ARC is an Advanced Reader Copy of a book that is about to be released * <BR> <BR> I would really really appreciate it if anyone here could join m... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 14:15:06 EST It's a GO! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x55597250 I just got an email from my editor that she thinks I did a FANTASTIC job with her edits and Who Wants to Marry a Doctor? is ready to go into production. On the one hand, I'm THRILLED and EXCITED. On the other, my Evil Internal Editor is telling me that my Real Editor said what she did because it's so awful she just wants it off her plate. <BR> <BR> Why do we to that to ourselves??? Mon, 11 Nov 2013 13:55:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 10- 16 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55589547 1)Men always want to be a woman's first love - women like to be a man's last romance. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 2)My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 3)Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 4)The mother-child relationship i... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:23:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 3 - 9) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55589280 1)Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation; for it is better to be alone than in bad company. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)I don't want to be alone, I want to be left alone. <BR> Audrey Hepburn <BR> <BR> 3)It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. <BR> Harry S. Truman <BR> <BR> 4)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <B... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 21:05:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 27- Nov 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55585324 1)The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary. <BR> Vince Lombardi <BR> <BR> 2)Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)The trust of the innocent is the liar's most useful tool. <BR> Stephen King <BR> <BR> 4)Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below the conscious level. <BR> Joyce Brothers <BR> <BR> 5)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to p... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 14:01:59 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 20- 26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55585105 <BR> 1)To keep your marriage brimming, With love in the loving cup, Whenever you're wrong, admit it; Whenever you're right, shut up. <BR> Ogden Nash <BR> <BR> 2)Peace begins with a smile. <BR> Mother Teresa <BR> <BR> 3)Gold medals aren't really made of gold. They're made of sweat, determination, and a hard-to-find alloy called guts. <BR> Dan Gable <BR> <BR> 4)Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albe... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:37:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 13- 19 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55584936 1)God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. <BR> Voltaire <BR> <BR> 2)The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. <BR> Oprah Winfrey <BR> <BR> 3)I think, at a child's birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. <BR> Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 4)Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think ... Sun, 10 Nov 2013 13:21:38 EST Your Writing Can Serve the Community http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55524510 Hello writers! My name is Diana Kathryn, and I'm associate publisher of Grey Wolfe Publishing, headquartered in Michigan. You've all been so kind in supporting my "Good Eats & Exercise" program over the years, I wanted to tell you about an incredible opportunity you have to see your work published! <BR> <BR> Grey Wolfe is offering two community service projects that utilize your creative writing skills to serve animals and children; and it's COMPLETELY FREE to submit! If you've ever wonde... Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:05:52 EST Ghostwriter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x55405547 Hello Everyone: <BR> <BR> I have been a writer all of my life and have worked under contract as a ghostwriter in the past. I have been blogging on my Sparkpage since I joined, and I find it to be very therapeutic. I have been working on an idea for a political book, but haven't written very much. The fear of failure is very poignant for me, as I have always written on behalf of others, as opposed to writing for myself. <BR> <BR> I am glad to find this support page and look forward to inter... Sat, 26 Oct 2013 20:52:45 EST freelancers? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55360377 I've been contemplating freelance work in light of recent job loss. Of course it would be wonderful to make a living solely on that but right now that is far from realistic for me. However I feel very intimidated by the little bit of research I've done. At 22 with no college degree, somewhat limited life experience and rusty basic skills I don't feel at all adequate to pursue something like this. Perhaps I'm not looking in the right places. I am more than open to any advice anyone is willing ... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 00:03:09 EST Hi from the newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x55325930 Hi, <BR> Checking in to see what's what. I'm a writer although I still have a day job to keep a roof over my head. I've been an editor for what used to be the second largest publishing house west of the Rockys and have been published fairly regularly in newspapers and magazines since 1980. I'm working to establish myself as a novelist, probably in the Christian market. I've written one book that I am currently marketing, a second that I'm doing a final (I hope) going over before starting to m... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 03:30:39 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 6 - 12 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55321912 1)Educators take something simple and make it complicated. Communicators take something complicated and make it simple. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 2)Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. <BR> Thomas A. Edison <BR> <BR> 3)An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind. <BR> Budda <BR> <BR> 4)All life is an experiment. The... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:37:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 28- Oct 5 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55321683 1) Love is the poetry of the senses. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 2)A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 3)History keeps her secrets longer than most of us. But she has one secret that I will reveal to you tonight in the greatest confidence. Sometimes there are no winners at all. And sometimes nobody needs to lose. <BR> John le Carre <BR> <BR> 4)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)A mind that is ... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 18:14:15 EST Subplots..? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55215880 Hey writers! I need some advice, please. <BR> <BR> I just got back form the Writer's Digest writers conference. <BR> One session I attended suggested that novels need to have four subplots. <BR> FOUR!!! Really? *faint* <BR> <BR> How many subplots do YOU put in your novels? <BR> Do they all mrror the main plot? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! Thu, 10 Oct 2013 14:18:03 EST NaNoWriMo 2013 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55185531 Is anyone else plan on participating this year? Tue, 8 Oct 2013 08:32:12 EST What do you think about flashbacks? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55139269 I've been struggling with the beginning of my book for a long time now. <BR> The inciting incident is nowhere near page 1. <BR> This morning I got the idea to put the beginning of the story in a flashback, so I can start with a bang. <BR> <BR> So what do YOU think about flashbacks? <BR> Do you feel strongly about them one way or another? Fri, 4 Oct 2013 11:47:18 EST I'm back and ready for action! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x55125023 I haven't been on here in a while and so much has happened! First, I joined Weight Watchers recently, because I just couldn't get it done. Second, my first romance was published in May, yay! It's called Who Wants to Marry a Cowboy? and it's gotten some really great reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. Third, I'm working on the next one for release in 2014. <BR> <BR> I hope you all are working hard on your writing and weight loss goals. Thu, 3 Oct 2013 09:46:04 EST How do you decide POV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x55061205 Hi all, <BR> <BR> I've been writing my current project with a multiple person, 3rd person POV, but I'm considering changing to 1st person, still multiple person POV, for more intimacy. <BR> <BR> How do you decide which to use? <BR> Sat, 28 Sep 2013 08:20:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 22 - 28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54988899 1)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)In politics stupidity is not a handicap. <BR> Napoleon Bonaparte <BR> <BR> 3)Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4Your living is deter... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:58:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 15- 21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54988799 1)I shed a tear when I meet somebody who always quits. Reliable people are so rare in this world. <BR> Bauvard <BR> <BR> 2)Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 3)Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. <BR> William E. Gladstone <BR> <BR> 4)Mastery passes often for egotism. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 5)Egotism is the anesthetic that dulls the pain of stupidity. <BR> Frank Leahy... Sun, 22 Sep 2013 00:36:14 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 8 -14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54979021 1)I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you. <BR> &#8213; Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 2)The reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept. <BR> &#8213; George Carlin <BR> <BR> 3)Lies require commitment. <BR> &#8213; Veronica Roth, <BR> <BR> 4)A woman whose smile is open and whose expression is glad has a kind of beauty no matter what she wears. <BR> Anne Roiphe <BR> <BR> 5)The world's biggest power is the youth and bea... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:49:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 1 - 7) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54978942 1)The truly scary thing about undiscovered lies is that they have a greater capacity to diminish us than exposed ones. They erode our strength, our self-esteem, our very foundation. <BR> &#8213; Cheryl Hughes <BR> <BR> 2)Declare your jihad on thirteen enemies you cannot see -egoism, arrogance, conceit, selfishness, greed, lust, intolerance, anger, lying, cheating, gossiping and slandering. If you can master and destroy them, then you will be read to fight the enemy you can see. <BR> &#8213; ... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 01:26:35 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 25 -31) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54978773 1)Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. <BR> Margaret Thatcher <BR> <BR> 2)There is no satisfaction in hanging a man who does not object to it. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)What we call happiness in the strictest sense comes from the (preferably sudden) satisfaction of needs which have been dammed up to a high degree. <BR> Sigmund Freud <BR> <BR> 4)Speak when you are an... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 00:50:49 EST Hi all~* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x54717084 Hi fellow writers: I returned to SP this year (after deleting my old account). The dirty little secret that no one talks about, for writers, is that it's just too easy to work long hours writing and then overindulge in food/drink or whatever while doing so. Famous writers are famous for that! <BR> <BR> I'm a screenwriter, playwright, and author and really tweaking my health, energy and vitality through ideal diet and nutrition. <BR> <BR> I write in different genres and sometimes mixed-genr... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 12:38:30 EST Hi all! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x54578717 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I am new to the group. I wrote a children's book a few years back when I was about to become unemployed. I am interested in learning how to go about getting it published. It needs some tweaks here and there, but I think it is good enough to get it published. <BR> If any of you have any ideas I would greatly appreciate it! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to getting to know all of you! Mon, 19 Aug 2013 10:10:59 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 18- 24) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54552927 QUOTES ON RAISING CHILDREN <BR> ============================== <BR> <BR> 1)Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business in which no cumulative wisdom is gained: each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 2)I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.' <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 3)Before I married, I had three theories about raising children and no children. Now, I ... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 02:34:52 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 11- 17 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54552774 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. <BR> Martin Luther King, Jr. <BR> <BR> 2)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 3)Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it. <BR> Mark Twain <BR> <BR> 4)The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. <BR> Mah... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:40:24 EST Quotes of the Wek ( Aug 4-10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54552629 QUOTES ON DREAMS <BR> =================== <BR> <BR> 1)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. Lawrence <BR> <BR> 2)Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to cha... Sat, 17 Aug 2013 01:14:31 EST Looking for tax advice for writers, please http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54495628 I just attended a Writers Conference and I'm hoping some of my expenses can be written off as tax deductions. <BR> <BR> Do any of you know websites or articles that that talk about this? Do you claim deductions? Maybe even your computer is a business expense? <BR> <BR> So many details about the non-writing part of writing! It's making my head spin. <BR> <BR> I'm searching on-line, too. But thanks for any info or advice! <BR> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 12:53:11 EST Do you have your own blog? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54478504 I just got back from my first writers conference, and it was a great time!! <BR> <BR> One of the things I heard loud and clear, was that all writers needed to have a blog - before being published! (And a website, and Facebook and Twitter, and what the heck is an RSS feed?) <BR> <BR> So, do YOU have a blog, and will you share the url? Do you blog about writing? Daily? Weekly? Is it kept up professionally with illustrations, etc? Do you use your real name? What else should I be asking? ... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 07:35:53 EST Hi to all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x54389490 I joined Spark People yesterday and have been going through all the stuff on the site. There's so much to look at :) I'm from the UK. <BR> I joined this group because I write short stories. Writing and I have been joined at the hip for quite a while now - I keep trying to bust up with it but it keeps wooing me back! I don't write as much as I should because I do suffer from a crippling fear of rejection, but I am working on it. I've sent stories to competitions and have been shortlisted and h... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 08:42:00 EST This Time Will Be Different. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x54357971 I am an old member returning to SparkPeople as well as this group. <BR> <BR> Started in 2005 and faded away in 2009. I have been trying to lose the same 10 pounds now for eight years. Pretty sad. I need to lose at least 30 pounds but to make the goal a little more palatable I chopped the goal into 10 pound increments. <BR> <BR> But this time will be different. A lot has happened in these last eight years, some good some bad. I won't go in to all the details here. I did an update on my Sp... Thu, 1 Aug 2013 18:16:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 28 - Aug 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54332678 QUOTES ON PATIENCE <BR> ===================== <BR> <BR> 1)Patience - the gift of being able to see past the emotion. <BR> Rodney Williams <BR> <BR> 2)He is happy whose circumstances suit his temper; but he is more excellent who can suit his temper to any circumstances. <BR> David Hume <BR> <BR> 3)Let nothing disturb thee; Let nothing dismay thee; All thing pass; God never changes. Patience attains All that it strives for. He who has God Finds he lacks nothing:God alone suffices. <BR> St. T... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 22:09:29 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 21 - 27 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54272710 QUOTES ON HAPPINESS <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.” <BR> &#8213; Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” <BR> &#8213; Dalai Lama XIV <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” <BR> &#8213; George Burns <BR> <BR> 4)Success is getting what you want, happiness is wanting what you get” <BR> &... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 02:20:40 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 14 - 20 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54257353 QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Popcorn for breakfast! Why not? It's a grain. It's like, like, grits, but with high self-esteem.” <BR> &#8213; James Patterson <BR> <BR> 2)One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” <BR> &#8213; Virginia Woolf, <BR> <BR> 3)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.” <BR> &#8213; Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 4)I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the fo... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 21:02:08 EST Quote on Writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54149816 “Writing isn't about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid, or making friends. In the end, it's about enriching the lives of those who will read your work, and enriching your own life, as well. It's about getting up, getting well, and getting over. Getting happy, okay? Getting happy.” <BR> &#8213; Stephen King, On Writing Tue, 16 Jul 2013 12:13:27 EST How Do You Know if Inspiration is from God? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54088516 My latest blog post: <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/07/how-<BR>do-you-know-if-inspiration-is-from.html </link> <BR> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 14:19:53 EST NEW Blog post: Writer's Block or Spiritual Block? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54049370 I've been having trouble writing lately. What's the real issue? <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/<BR>07/writers-block-or-spiritual-block.html </link> <BR> Mon, 8 Jul 2013 15:40:55 EST Quotes of the Wek ( July 7-13) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x54039104 QUOTES ON LEADERSHIP <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Effective leadership is not about making speeches or being liked; leadership is defined by results not attributes. <BR> Peter Drucker <BR> <BR> 2)If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. <BR> John Quincy Adams <BR> <BR> 3)A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. <BR> John C. Maxwell <BR> <BR> 4)A leader is best when people barely know he exi... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 20:33:18 EST Do you go to writers conferences? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53926720 I am thinking about going to Writer's Digest Conference in LA this September. <BR> I've never been to one, and I'm a total beginner at writing. And terrified. <BR> <BR> I'd love to hear about any experiences, <BR> and if a shy person like me can actually survive one! <BR> <BR> Thanks! <BR> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:40:53 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 23 - 29 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53838413 1)I am not what happened to me. I am who I choose to become. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 2)Don’t walk in front of me I may not follow. Don’t walk behind me I may not lead. Just walk beside me and be my friend. <BR> Albert Camus <BR> <BR> 3)Never look back - unless you’re planning on going that way. <BR> Henry Thoreau <BR> <BR> 4)Sometimes the hardest battle we fight is the battle within. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)If you want to be respected by others, you must first respect yourself. <BR> A... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 23:16:34 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 16 - 22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53838139 1)The free soul is rare, but you know it when you see it - basically because you feel good, very good, when you are near or with them. <BR> Charles Bukowski <BR> <BR> 2)The people I treasure the most give me the biggest scars. <BR> Tablo <BR> <BR> 3)If you want to be unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure, just spend your life trying to do something that is not right for you. It is just like trying to wear shoes that don’t fit. <BR> Joyce Meyer <BR> <BR> 4) Don’t explain. People only hear wh... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:54:04 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 9- 15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53837870 <BR> 1) Love yourself, accept yourself, forgive yourself and be good to yourself. <BR> Leo F. Buscaglia <BR> <BR> 2)I think you have to sometimes lose somebody completely before you can figure out what they really mean to you. <BR> Dawson, Dawson’s Creek. <BR> <BR> 3)The next time you feel you have to defend something about yourself, ask yourself, why am I feeling I must defend this? … Do not feel you must say anything. Be who you are. Do not try to be perfect all the time. <BR> Orin <BR> ... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:33:12 EST Quotes of the Wek ( June 2 -8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53837584 <BR> 1)Fake friends are like shadows, always around on your brightest days, but during your darkest times they are no where to be found. <BR> Chris Sandoval <BR> <BR> 2)Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart. <BR> Phyllis McGinley <BR> <BR> 3)I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. <BR> Brittany Renee <BR> <BR> 4)We can’t control w... Fri, 21 Jun 2013 22:08:57 EST stephen king's "on writing"... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53717148 Just wondering how many of you guys've found good stuff in this book to help you, if you've read it, or haven't read it at all yet. I read this maybe 10 years ago when mom got it for me (came in a bundle w/ his book "secret windows" full of essays and short stories king wrote) from a book club or something. (she forgot about that and bought her own copy a couple of years ago--silly she--I would've loaned it to her for sure, since she was actually writing...unlike me). <BR> <BR> Anyhoo, I'm... Wed, 12 Jun 2013 18:17:40 EST Poetry scams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53688905 Has anyone ever dealt with these before? I entered a christian poetry contest only to find that there are all kinds of complaints against. I was very disappointed. Does anyone know of any poetry contests out there that are legit, or maybe some that don't even require fees? Thanks. <BR> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 18:59:43 EST Hi there! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53677167 I am new to this team, but an old Sparkie! Am looking forward to getting to know you all and this Team. :-) <BR> <BR> I am also a frustrated writer! <BR> <BR> I use Microsoft Word 2007 on my computer, but am looking for a 'program' to use that's easier to use for formating books. <BR> <BR> WHY am I formating my own books, you ask? Because I am a frustrated writer. LOL! <BR> <BR> Any suggestions? Sun, 9 Jun 2013 23:06:06 EST Anyone Try Bubblews? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53622720 I started writing on Bubblews 3 weeks ago today. I really enjoy it because you get to write about anything and get paid for it. It may not seem like a lot but you get paid .01 for each post (up to 10 per day), each like, each dislike, each comment and each view to your posts. So far, I've made over $30 for doing the same thing I was doing on facebook for nothing. Check it out and see how it goes. If you don't like it, don't worry about it but I have to say that I have had a lot of fun doing i... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 20:00:42 EST period accurate dialogue and style... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53591705 Hey howdy there. <BR> <BR> I was wondering if any of you guys've ever tried your hand at historical fiction or time-travelling fiction or whatever. I am really trying to find the best way to find books or other resources (if not in book form, but accessible to broke little me) where I can learn how to write period accurate dialogue and in the right style. <BR> <BR> I mean, it makes sense to me that if a character lives in the 40s, the lingo and descriptions should be accurate to the time--... Mon, 3 Jun 2013 17:04:33 EST Third Time's the charm--I'm back... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53497021 Hey howdy there <BR> <BR> I stopped Sparkin' for about a year and decided to start out fresh with new goals and ideas. I spent the past 6 months dealing w/ dad's cancer and disability issues, and though he's on the mend he can't return back to work yet. I decided that since he's better i'd better get back to making ME healthier, too. I also decided that I want to write again, and have gotten tons of books and ideas to refresh myself. I used to love it, but never published anything or got clo... Mon, 27 May 2013 12:44:08 EST Hello All! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53486337 Hi, I've been on Spark several times, lost some weight and kept it off, but health problems became to much for me and I pulled away from people and things I need the most. Now I'm back and more determined than ever. <BR> <BR> I've always loved to write, but never attempted to get published. Have attempted nanowrimo, but not finished...a habit with me. One I plan to change. I am now taking a writing course through Writers Digest on "Getting Started Writing" and in this class you try several ... Sun, 26 May 2013 14:40:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 26 - June 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53480806 1)A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Intellectuals solve problems, geniuses prevent them. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 3)Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 4)Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. <BR> Henry David Thoreau <BR> <BR> 5)Experience is ... Sun, 26 May 2013 01:27:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 19 - 25) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53478429 MEMORIAL DAY QUOTES <BR> ========================= <BR> <BR> 1)Nowadays, many Americans have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At cemeteries across the country, the graves of the fallen are sadly ignored, and worse, neglected. <BR> Allen West <BR> <BR> 2)There are no points of the compass on the chart of true patriotism. <BR> Robert Charles Winthrop <BR> <BR> 3)These fallen heroes represent the character of a nation who has a long history of patriotism and honor - and a... Sat, 25 May 2013 20:44:16 EST NEW BLOG: Passing of the Seasons http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53440067 Ever feel lost from God? Seasons change and they're not always painless. <BR> Here's what I'm going through right now. <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/05/pass<BR>ing-of-seasons.html </link> Wed, 22 May 2013 15:36:48 EST Hello, Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53433007 Hello, I'm new here! I'm aiming to meet the "Write 1 hour or more per day" goal! I'm ready to do this!! Wed, 22 May 2013 00:36:15 EST Mother's Day Quotes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53284227 1)All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 2)Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. <BR> William Makepeace Thackeray <BR> <BR> 3)God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers. <BR> Rudyard Kipling <BR> <BR> 4)The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. <BR> Theodore Hesburgh <BR> <BR> 5)The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the... Thu, 9 May 2013 19:10:32 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 12 -18 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53284048 1)The constitution is for us all to live together, a common life, we need each other. <BR> Pope Theodoros II <BR> <BR> 2)You don't make peace with friends. You make it with very unsavory enemies. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 3)In the midst of fighting there is no place for public debate. <BR> Yitzhak Rabin <BR> <BR> 4)I can, of course, think what I want, just like everyone else. I simply have to refrain from saying everything I think. <BR> Margrethe II of Denmark <BR> <BR> 5)The knowledge... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:55:01 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 5 -11 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53283838 1)It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees. <BR> Emiliano Zapata <BR> <BR> 2)I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue. <BR> Xenocrates <BR> <BR> 3)Men create the gods in their own image. <BR> Xenophanes <BR> <BR> 4)Excess of grief for the dead is madness; for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. <BR> Xenophon <BR> <BR> 5)I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it. <BR> Voltaire <B... Thu, 9 May 2013 18:32:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 28 - May 4 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53283036 1)It must be a balance in everything we do, not too much of everything, keep it simple, not complicated. <BR> Abdullah Ahmad Badawi <BR> <BR> 2)The president, just as any other American, deserves a legal defense against personal lawsuits not related to his office. But the costs of that defense should be borne by him and not the taxpayer. <BR> Ben Nighthorse Campbell <BR> <BR> 3)Nothing exists except through language. <BR> Hans-Georg Gadamer <BR> <BR> 4)In fact history does not belong to us... Thu, 9 May 2013 16:55:25 EST T-SIX DAYS! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x53176263 *breathe* release day is six days away! <BR> <BR> I'm having a giveaway on my web page for 15 e-copies of my book. If you click my web page in the footer of this post and then click the giveaways tab, it tells you what to do. You may have to click one more time - I can't get the wordpress parent pages to work. <BR> <BR> I'm so nervous, y'all. Wed, 1 May 2013 08:49:39 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53122212 I just joined sparkpeople not too long ago. I was wondering what goal you recommend for someone who likes to write songs. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 21:40:49 EST Hello again... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x53096783 Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Melisa and I've been here before, but I've been gone for almost a year. And I'm MUCH more dedicated to both my writing and my fitness today. I'm nearly 85,000 words into the first draft of my first novel, which I started writing in earnest on January 1st of this year. I'd love to connect with other motivated writers who are also health-minded! Best of luck meeting your goals everyone! <BR> <em>381</em> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:34:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 21 - 27 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53036842 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> ============================ <BR> 1)House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad. <BR> <BR> 2)Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother. <BR> <BR> 3)For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy. <BR> <BR> 4)Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery. <BR> <BR> 5)Did you ever ... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:39:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 14 - 20 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x53036712 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex. <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you? <BR> <BR> 3)People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are... Fri, 19 Apr 2013 23:29:00 EST Release Day Approaching! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x52974839 Whew! My book birthday is almost here. The past few weeks have been spent setting up blog tours and doing other marketing things. Let me tell ya, it's time consuming! <BR> <BR> Most exciting has been getting my cover. It's BEAUTIFUL! <BR> <BR> <link>abigailsharpe.com/news-and-books/ </link> Mon, 15 Apr 2013 10:34:49 EST NEW BLOG: Worshiping in Your Dreams http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52963132 Have you ever worshiped in your dreams? I don't mean have you dreamed you were worshiping, but worship in your dreams. Here's a recent experience that I had. <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/04/wors<BR>hiping-in-your-dreams.html </link> <BR> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 13:04:49 EST THANK YOU for the Birthday goodies and wishes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52926599 <em>304</em> Means a lot to me and I thank you for the birthday Goodies and kind words. Have a wonderful weekend! Love, Chelsea <em>213</em> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:37:20 EST New Here! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x52870885 Hi everyone! My name is Karen and I joined SparkPeople two weeks ago when I was diagnosed with diabetes. I have made some major changes in those two weeks, but I know I will need motivation from others to keep going. <BR> <BR> I joined this group because I love to write. I teach Reading and Writing at two community colleges and edit books part time in my company Karenzo Media. Reading is my passion, and I keep saying I will write a novel but never get past the outline and a few pages. Poetry... Sun, 7 Apr 2013 18:55:58 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 7 -13 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52848647 ANCIENT GREEK QUOTES II <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> 1)Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 2)People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. <BR> Plato <BR> <BR> 3)I don't need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. <BR> Plutarch <BR> <BR> 4)An imbalance betwee... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:22:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 31- April 6 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52848511 <BR> 1)There are only two people who can tell you the truth about yourself - an enemy who has lost his temper and a friend who loves you dearly. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 2)Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults. <BR> Antisthenes <BR> <BR> 3)A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him... Sat, 6 Apr 2013 00:04:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 24 -30 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52677271 QUOTES ON FRIENDS <BR> ====================== <BR> 1) The enemy of my enemy is my friend. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2) A friend is known when needed. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 3) Do not tell a friend anything you would conceal from an enemy. <BR> -Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 4) No one is rich enough to do without a neighbor. <BR> -Danish proverb <BR> <BR> 5) You may poke a man's fire after you've known him for seven years. <BR> -English Proverb <BR> <BR> 6) Friends are like fiddle... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 21:03:06 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 17- 23 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52677009 <BR> 1)Absurdity. A statement or belief manifestly inconsistent with one's own opinion. <BR> -Ambrose Bierce <BR> <BR> 2)Adventure is not outside; it is within. <BR> -Ray Stannard Baker [David Grayson] <BR> <BR> 3)A great fortune depends on luck, a small one on diligence. <BR> -Chinese Proverb <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every great fortune there is a crime. <BR> -Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 5)He that flatters you more than you desire either has deceived you or wishes to deceive. <BR> -Italian Pr... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:46:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 10- 16 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52676775 QUOTES ON FOOD <BR> ================= <BR> <BR> 1)He who eats alone chokes alone <BR> Arabic Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)A good meal ought to begin with hunger. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Appetite comes with eating; the more one has, the more one would have. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) He that eats till he is sick must fast till he is well. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Seven's a banquet nine a brawl. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)Much meat, much disease. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 7)Put a knife to th... Sun, 24 Mar 2013 20:29:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 3 - 9 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52540843 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ----------------------------------------<BR>--------- <BR> 1) Repentance won't cure mischief. <BR> -Scottish Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)Forgiveness is love in its most noble form. <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never repeat old grievances. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)A reconciled friend is a double enemy. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)Those that do you a very ill deed will never forgive you. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6)If I die, I forgive you. If I live we shall see. <BR> Ano... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 01:26:41 EST For the love of words http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x52451511 I love words so I am attracted to this team. I don't know, if I can write but I sure would like to give it a try. <BR> <BR> Irene Sat, 9 Mar 2013 01:09:36 EST Living in the Dead Zone (Part 1) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52346672 Ever get the feeling like life is just blah. I mean those times when nothings exciting, but it's not depressing either. It's just....blah. Here's what I learned recently while I was at the doctor's office. <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/03/livi<BR>ng-in-dead-zone-part-1.html </link> <BR> <BR> Fri, 1 Mar 2013 21:27:20 EST The Beginning http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x52320931 I'm bringing the first few pages of my new romance novel to my critique group tonight. I'm a bit nervous! Thu, 28 Feb 2013 08:42:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 24 - March 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52303192 1)We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. <BR> Henry Ward Beecher <BR> <BR> 2)Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude. <BR> Ralp... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:11:43 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 17- 23) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52303081 1) Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 2)The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury. <BR> Charlie Chaplin <BR> <BR> 3)If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face - forever. <BR> George Orwell <BR> <BR> 4)The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.” <BR> Augustine of Hippo <BR> <BR> 5)Travel brings power and love back into your life.” <BR> Rumi <BR> <... Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:55:14 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x52270821 Hi! I joined SparkPeople a few weeks ago but hadn't gotten around to joining teams. I am currently in the fourth draft of the editing process of my first novel and am excited since it's at the point where it's finally starting to get decent. I have always enjoyed creative writing and though I don't have a lot of spare time (I am currently a doctoral student), I do make sure to give myself a little time in my day to do some writing. Feel free to friend me if you want. I don't really know ... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 23:04:53 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 10-16) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52244404 QUOTES BY ARISTOTLE <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. <BR> <BR> 2)Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy.. <BR> <BR> 3)It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. <BR> <BR> 4)... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 03:08:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 3 - 9 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x52244357 QUOTES ON LOVE <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1)Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. <BR> Lao Tzu <BR> <BR> 2)Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. <BR> Aristotle <BR> <BR> 3)Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.' <BR> Erich Fromm <BR> <BR> 4)Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but... Sat, 23 Feb 2013 02:49:56 EST PC or Mac http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51945245 Hello everyone. Wow, it feels like I haven't been on here in a while. That is what school does to you I guess. Okay, so I am hoping that all you guys can help me with a big decision I need to make relatively soon. This upcoming fall I am hoping to start graduate school. Other than getting accept into a school I have to buy a new computer. The computer I have is on its last leg. Just to give you a little bit of info on it here it is. For one it is a gateway (yes, you read that correctly), it i... Sat, 2 Feb 2013 14:52:00 EST Looks like a lot of members here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51900165 A smidge overwhelming. I write. You see, I have this alternate reality (several actually) that are in my head and I swear they campagne to be placed on paper. Most of my writing would be in the paranormal genre, a good amount in the romance/a little more than romance aspect of it. I have some other Twilight Zoney pieces, dabble in horror, but it's all weird. ;) I am currently working on a re-write with the hope of getting it published someday. I have no illusions. No matter how well wr... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 17:47:11 EST What is best? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51842045 What is best? <BR> <BR> To push yourself to write once a day or x times a week, even if at that moment you have no 'inspiration', or to wait until you do have inspiration and then take the time to write even if it means pushing other obligations aside? What do you think? Sun, 27 Jan 2013 05:55:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 27 - Feb 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51838319 QUOTES ON TRUST <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Trust is to human relationships what faith is to gospel living. It is the beginning place, the foundation upon which more can be built. Where trust is, love can flourish. <BR> Barbara Smith <BR> <BR> 2)I always trust my gut reaction; it's always right. <BR> Kiana Tom <BR> <BR> 3)The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become. <BR> Gisele Bundchen <BR> <BR> 4)A lie c... Sat, 26 Jan 2013 20:53:42 EST Howdy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51831938 Hi all, <BR> <BR> Have been a Spark member since late September, but a writer for many years now mostly western fiction, which is a passion of mine. And all of it is on my desktop, lol. I'm married, no kids of my own, but 2 step-sons and, now 3 granddaughters. I retired a year and a half ago from the Air Force (as a nurse). Love to run, hike and of course, read. Never imagined there was a writing team on SP, so glad to be here! Sat, 26 Jan 2013 11:16:46 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 20 -26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51785546 1)The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 3)Wisdom ceases to be wisdom when it becomes too proud to weep, too grave to laugh, and too selfish to seek other than itself. <BR> Khalil Gibran <BR> <BR> 4)I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; ye... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:50:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 13 -19 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51784972 1)You may delay, but time will not. <BR> Benjamin Franklin <BR> <BR> 2)By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 3)As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. <BR> Socrates <BR> <BR> 4)A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 5)Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage ... Wed, 23 Jan 2013 10:23:28 EST THE END!!!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x51783599 *happydances* <BR> <BR> I finished, I finished, I finished!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 09:09:02 EST NEW Blog: Can You Recognize a Blessing in Disguise http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51658069 NEW Blog post: Sometimes things aren't how they seem. Sometimes blessings come from the most unlikely paths. <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/01/can-<BR>you-recognize-blessing-in-disguise.html </link> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 15:06:51 EST and it's on hold http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x51585483 I got my edits back for Story 1, so my editor had me put Story 2 on hold for now. Hoping I can be done with Story 1 by Monday. <BR> <BR> Janet Evanovich and Robert Jordan's new books are both waiting for me when I finish. If that's not incentive, I don't know what is! Fri, 11 Jan 2013 10:16:14 EST Who's a Tumblrer! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51578579 So, we write. Some of us write blogs. Sometimes on tumblr, too, I imagine. <BR> <BR> What's your blog? <BR> <BR> You can find me at http://csgallagher.tumblr.com Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:54:34 EST NEW Blog Post: What Do I Want to Crave? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51572355 NEW Blog post: Are you craving what you should be craving? <BR> <BR> <link>www.worshipmelodies.com/2013/01/what<BR>-do-i-want-to-crave.html </link> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 14:03:06 EST Hi All http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51564237 My name is Alicia, and I'm a happily-married mother of three daughters. My oldest is 18, and my youngest is 8, so I have quite a variety of things going on in my life right now with them! This coming August, my hubby and I will have been married for 20 years, and I'm hoping against hope that he might plan a little surprise get-away or something. Would be nice if I could be a little more fit and lean! <BR> <BR> That said, I am a Christian woman, and I am trying to change my lifestyle so I ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:58:40 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 6 - 12) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51563570 1)Giving up doesn't always mean you are weak; sometimes it means that you are strong enough to let go. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)God is closest to those with broken hearts. <BR> Jewish Saying <BR> <BR> 3)Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional. <BR> M. Kathleen Casey <BR> <BR> 4)Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars. <BR> Les Brown <BR> <BR> 5)Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. <BR> Henry Ford <BR> <BR> 6)It ... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 23:06:38 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 30 -Jan 5) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51563291 1)Contradictions do not exist. Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The nonexistent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired. <BR> Franz Kafka <BR> <BR> 4)The gr... Wed, 9 Jan 2013 22:47:58 EST Greetings from a new member! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51532240 So, I'm Caitlyn. I'm 19 and live in the midwest. Not only am I looking for weight loss buddies here, but hopefully some people with awesome ideas for writing. (: Tue, 8 Jan 2013 06:53:54 EST Hello, and all that jazz! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51508791 Not new to spark or writing, but haven't gotten either of them "right" yet. Wrote a novel (or two) and one that I've even sent off to have rejected over and over (doesn't mean I'm quitting). On the same note, tried over and over to stick with a diet, but ultimately, I get frustrated with being hungry and give it up after a few weeks, though sometimes I make it a whole month. <BR> <BR> I want to be a full time writer! If only! Sun, 6 Jan 2013 20:48:00 EST New Year New Me...Lets Do This Thing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51501235 Okay, so we are only four days into the new year and I have already formulated a plan to construct the new me. I have to say even though it looks very tedious I am very excited to be taking this journey. This may seem a little eccentric, but I am a person who likes to write down everything. That is what I plan on doing this year. I have a system that I am going to try doing, and I want to know if ya'll think it is a good idea. I bought a bunch of Moleskine notebooks for this year. I have my p... Sun, 6 Jan 2013 12:18:22 EST Should I start a blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51486986 Okay, as ya'll know since I am apart of this sparkteam I love to write. I have wanted to start a blog for a while, but I have never really been able to get it off the ground. I am trying to figure out if I were to do a blog somewhere other than sparkpeople what platform should I do it on? Also if I started one what should I name it? <BR> <BR> I would love ya'lls input, because I am completely stuck. I need help. So answer away. Sat, 5 Jan 2013 14:21:46 EST 50 more pages http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x51466466 And I'm done with my edits for the Doctor story. Then I send it out to my beta reader, then it goes to my editor. <BR> <BR> A complete book in less than a year. I wasn't sure if I could do it. *whew* Fri, 4 Jan 2013 09:14:07 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51454516 Hello everyone. My name is Christina. I am kind of old and new to sparkpeople. I just found this sparkteam, and knew right away that I had to join. Writing has been a passion of mine since I was very very little. I write poetry, short stories, and even novels. Along with my love of writing I love to read. <BR> <BR> I have had two sparknames before this. This year I would start fresh, since my other two attempts had been a flop. So here I am over weight writter wanting to loose weight so whe... Thu, 3 Jan 2013 15:01:43 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51377472 <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> I am newish. I started Sparks last year and kinda fell off the wagon. I am back hoping this year is a better year. <BR> I myslef write, yet I have nothing publish as of yet, but 20 pages I have written on a story I am working on. My confidence sometimes plumets as I am parinoid everything I write will turn out bad. <BR> I had writers block for five years but these past few months things are flowing. <BR> Hope to talk to many other writers on this site. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 01:12:48 EST Hello from Alberta :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51360976 Hello, I am a working mom of 4 teenagers :) getting married in July and I have been writing my book for almost 3 years. I am half way finished, I know where I want to go with it but am finding it impossible to sit and write. Would love to get published, I feel like I will never know if I never finish. Want to get started on my next book too lol. Hoping this group will help me get my butt in gear and start writing again. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:43:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 23 -29) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51309920 <BR> CHRISTMAS QUOTES <BR> ====================== <BR> <BR> 1)Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. <BR> Calvin Coolidge <BR> <BR> 2)He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. <BR> Roy L. Smith <BR> <BR> 3)Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his cho... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 21:12:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 16- 22) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51309739 <BR> 1)Never wear anything that panics the cat. <BR> P.J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> 2)Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote. <BR> Paul Harvey <BR> <BR> 3)Never ruin an apology with an excuse. <BR> Kimberly Johnson <BR> <BR> 4)True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive. <BR> Mignon McLaughlin <BR> <BR> <BR> 5)It's easier to apologize than ask for permission.... Sun, 23 Dec 2012 20:53:03 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 9-15) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51260686 <BR> 1)We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them. <BR> -Francois de la Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 2)You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along. . . . You must do the thing you think you cannot do. <BR> -Eleanor Roosevelt <BR> <BR> 3) I cannot believe that t... Wed, 19 Dec 2012 01:42:38 EST On to the next stage! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x51239385 Over the weekend, I printed my story and now it's in a three-ring binder, awaiting my pen. I hope to have it done this week!!! Then it goes off to beta readers. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 09:05:49 EST Hello from Michigan http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x51169574 Hello my name is Emmeline I started spark People just 1.5 week ago and recently I learned of this group. I plan to finally write the book that I have put off so I need as much support as one can get. I currently have my short synopsis and long synopsis wrote; although I am still reworking some ideas. I am currently at the stage of working on my plot summary and I still need to outline my thoughts. My biggest hurdle right now is having an organized spot in my home just for writing to keep my f... Tue, 11 Dec 2012 09:31:07 EST critique groups http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51083082 I'm just curious - how many of you belong to a critique group? How did you find it? And is it all one genre (though different subgenres) or many? <BR> <BR> I lucked out and ran into an old friend who invited me to join hers. I didn't know she wrote, and when we met, I wasn't yet writing. The group is all romance. Tue, 4 Dec 2012 12:23:48 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 2 - 8) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51032449 1)Not forgiving is like drinking rat poison and then waiting for the rat to die. <BR> Anne Lamott <BR> <BR> 2)When you begin a journey of revenge, start by digging two graves: one for your enemy, and one for yourself. <BR> &#8213;Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)The best revenge is to be unlike him who performed the injury. <BR> Marcus Aurelius, Meditations <BR> <BR> 4)There will always be someone who will stab you in the back, if not, you are that person. <BR> Anonymous <B... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:02:47 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 25 - Dec 1 ) ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x51032116 1)A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man. <BR> Lana Turner <BR> <BR> 2)A word to the wise ain't necessary - it's the stupid ones that need the advice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes. <BR> Jim Carrey <BR> <BR> 4) I believe that if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade... And try to find somebody whose life has given them vodka, and have a party. <BR> Ron... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 18:37:17 EST Struggling to write today http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50905908 I'm really tired today, so although I've tweaked my project a little, I'm not really making any satisfactory progress. So done a couple of lines, not quite the two pages I'd hoped to do today. Tue, 20 Nov 2012 15:39:25 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 18- 24 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50897711 1)Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule. <BR> Buddha <BR> <BR> 2)Hatred is blind, as well as love. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you. <BR> C.S. Lewis <BR> <BR> 4)Any fool knows men and women think differently at times, but the biggest difference is this. Men forget, but never forgive; women forgive, but never forget. <BR> Robert Jordan <BR> <BR> 5)Forgiveness... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 23:05:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 11 - 17 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50897519 1)The greatest gift that you can give to others is the gift of unconditional love and acceptance. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. <BR> Walt Disney <BR> <BR> 3)All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible. <BR> T. E. L... Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:49:26 EST DONE http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x50889944 Mailed my MS to my editor yesterday. WHEW. So glad I'm done before the long weekend. <BR> <BR> Only three weeks late. Oy. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 11:45:15 EST hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50846495 Hi I am a 30 something trying to get back into the swing of writing and being a stay at home mom I should have the time to do it, but I haven't quite gotten a schedule and I am hoping this helps. Thu, 15 Nov 2012 23:54:01 EST Hi I'm Lisa http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50784318 I love to write stories. I have a lot of them started with some notes & things. I decided I want to start working on them more every day. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 15:14:49 EST Hello Everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50783299 Hi, how is everyone? I'm new here, just wanted to introduce myself. I've loved writing since I was about 10 when I first discovered poetry and short stories, however I'm not very consistent with it and my "writing demons" get in my way a lot. I'm trying to find a reason to not say "the hell with it" even though I know I won't...it's definitely a love/hate relationship I have with writing. Anyone else have this problem? Sun, 11 Nov 2012 13:31:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 4 - 10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50729410 QUOTES ON FORGIVENESS <BR> ========================== <BR> <BR> 1)Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names. <BR> John F. Kennedy <BR> <BR> 2)Always forgive your enemies - nothing annoys them so much. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he must pass himself; for every man has need to be forgiven. <BR> Thomas Fuller <BR> <BR> 4)When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future. <BR> Bernard Meltz... Wed, 7 Nov 2012 11:07:52 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 28 - Nov 3) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50608415 HAPPINESS QUOTES <BR> ==================== <BR> <BR> 1)Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. <BR> Dalai Lama <BR> <BR> 2)Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. <BR> Oscar Wilde <BR> <BR> 3)Don't wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get you've got to make yourself. <BR> Alice Walker <BR> <BR> 4)Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action. <BR> Benjamin Disraeli <BR> ... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:47:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 21-27) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50608158 PET QUOTES <BR> ============= <BR> <BR> 1)I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals. <BR> Winston Churchill <BR> <BR> 2)Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. <BR> Robert A. Heinlein <BR> <BR> 3)No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. <BR> Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs. <BR> Charles de Gaulle <BR... Mon, 29 Oct 2012 22:29:21 EST Hello - new here and hoping to find a buddy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50429823 Hi, I'm Rose and I'm a writer w ho needs to lose 13 pounds. I tend to be very reclusive so I am hoping to find a friend who can help me and whom I can help. <BR> <BR> I am currently working on a novel. <BR> <BR> Great to be here! Wed, 17 Oct 2012 11:25:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 14-20) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50420011 QUOTES ON EXPERIENCE <BR> ======================= <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards. <BR> Soren Kierkegaard <BR> <BR> 2) A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. <BR> Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. <BR> <BR> 3)The only source of knowledge is experience. <BR> Albert Einstein <BR> <BR> 4)Do you know the difference between education and experience? Education is when you read the fine print; experien... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 19:04:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Oct 7- 13 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50419859 QUOTES ON MARRIAGE <BR> ======================== <BR> <BR> <BR> 1)Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 2)It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage. <BR> Martin Luther <BR> <BR> 4)A journey is like marriage. The certain way to b... Tue, 16 Oct 2012 18:50:32 EST Happy to be here http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50371672 I've always been more than a little scared to join a writer's group. But the combination of two things I love - SP and writing - has finally inspired me to click that button on the screen. <BR> <BR> I am unpublished, but have written 1 novel and am just starting my second. Depression and a weakness for listening to that evil you-can't-do-this inner voice haven't helped my efforts. So I'm hoping this team can help keep me accountable. <BR> <BR> Thanks for letting me be a part of this! Sat, 13 Oct 2012 12:26:40 EST 10 tops for generating killer SciFi ideas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50358258 <link>io9.com/5950104/10-tips-for-generati<BR>ng-killer-science-fiction-story-ideas?<BR>tag=superlist </link> <BR> <BR> For those who write or want to try speculative fiction - especially if you don't have your NaNo idea ready yet. Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:32:36 EST When did you start writing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50216880 I began writing when I was 11. A girl at my middle school had her poem published in the school paper and it inspired me to try writing and I found that I loved writing. I find words very fascinating because they are everywhere. The dialogue between characters in a book or a t.v. show, communicating with a friend or family member, lyrics to the songs on the radio, etc. <BR> <BR> I only write as a hobby but I would love to at least publish one or two pieces someday. <BR> <BR> Do you write ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 22:58:01 EST Edits Letter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x50204527 I got my edits letter today. A lot of line edits (easy to fix) and a lot of characterization notes (not as easy to fix). I have a phone call scheduled with the editor tomorrow, but I'm going to get started on the easy stuff tonight. Tue, 2 Oct 2012 09:03:00 EST New and a little intimidated http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50185609 Hi Everyone. I have always loved to writing and I am excited to join this team and meet other people who love to write. I look forward to being a part of this team. :) Mon, 1 Oct 2012 08:31:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 30 - Oct.6 ) ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50166268 FAMOUS M*A*S*H QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Look, all I know is what they taught me at command school. There are certain rules about a war and rule number one is young men die. And rule number two is doctors can't change rule number one. <BR> Henry Blake <BR> <BR> 2)I'm a life long Anglophile. England is still the only place I know where any young man can grow up to be the Queen. <BR> Hawkeye <BR> <BR> 3)Listen, it's too big a world to be in competition with everyone. The only person who I have to b... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:36:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 23-29 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50165957 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES II <BR> <BR> <BR> 1) When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. <BR> <BR> 2)Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart. <BR> <BR> 3)When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it's a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway. <BR> <BR> 4) It takes a ... Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:19:11 EST Copywriting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50160970 Hello all. I am interested in taking my writing to a new level. Is there anyone here who is a copywriter? If so, do you have any info to share about the best way to get involved in this area? I received an e-mail from AWAI (Amerian Writers and Artists Institute) and I wanted to be sure I wasn't wasting my money by registering with them. Please advise and thanks. Sat, 29 Sep 2012 13:08:09 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 16-22 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x50154855 ERMA BOMBECK QUOTES <BR> <BR> IF I HAD MY LIFE TO LIVE OVER <BR> <BR> 1) I would have talked less and listened more. <BR> <BR> 2) I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. <BR> <BR> 3) I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed. <BR> <BR> 4) I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. <BR> <BR> 5) I would have cried and... Fri, 28 Sep 2012 23:28:28 EST Greetings from Waukesha, WI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50069543 Greetings, <BR> <BR> I am Native American enrolled in the Stockbridge-Munsee band of Mohicans tribe in Wisconsin. I reside in Waukesha, WI. I used to weigh 431 pounds and I have lost 62 pounds. I currently weigh 369 pounds and I have type 2 Diabetes. I aspire to reach 291 pounds by August 2013. <BR> <BR> I am a memoirist, novelist, and poet. I have been writing Morning Pages for the last 16 years thanks to "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. In “Two Step” a creative memoir I am writing ... Sun, 23 Sep 2012 13:48:05 EST Greetings from a scared newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50041440 I have just discovered this group, and am hoping for some guidance. I have written two complete novels, working on a third, nothing published because they are just too long, more like sagas than novels. My characters run my stories, the twists and turns develop them as well as the plots. I have rewritten them multiple times, changing a word or two here, dropping a sentence there, but every paragraph seems to advance the story. I have had several people read them for their opinions on what I c... Fri, 21 Sep 2012 14:17:49 EST new member from OH soon movin to MO with fiance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50034142 hi im michaela,PLZ CALL ME KAYLA!i lov to write.i got a blog. Fri, 21 Sep 2012 01:02:31 EST I am new member. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x50020965 Hi everyone. <BR> <BR> My name is Fethma. I'm Indonesian. I'm new to the group as well. Hope I can make a lot of friend here. Thank you and Very pleased to meet everyone! <BR> <BR> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:07:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept. 9-15 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49945317 Dear Abby Quotes <BR> <BR> 1)Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does -- except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place. <BR> <BR> 2)If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders. <BR> <BR> 3)The best index to a person's character is how he treats people who can't do him any good. <BR> <BR> 4)The less you talk, the more you're listened to. <BR> <BR> 5)Peop... Sat, 15 Sep 2012 10:30:14 EST Revising and polishing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49852971 I thought I'd start a thread for posting my progress on revising and polishing a prior incarnation of what I thought was my WIP. The theme of what I'm writing was sort of a Nanowrimo in 2004, and a pretty different version was written in 2008. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:06:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Sept 2-8 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49752581 ANN LANDERS QUOTES <BR> <BR> 1)Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass. <BR> <BR> 2)One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one. <BR> <BR> 3)Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty wi... Mon, 3 Sep 2012 15:36:51 EST Looking for a volunteer research assistant http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x49663701 Hi everyone - If anyone could help me out, I would be most appreciative! <BR> <BR> I am looking for a volunteer research assistant to help me with a book that I will be writing this winter. The book is geared to Canadian Brides that would like to plan a perfect destination wedding. I have been gathering research as I finish my photographic editing for the year (I am also a destination wedding photographer) and would like to start the book around Christmas time and publish it late spring. ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 12:41:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 26- Sept 1 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49662088 1)Doctors are just the same as lawyers; the only difference is that lawyers merely rob you, whereas doctors rob you and kill you too. <BR> Anton Chekhov <BR> <BR> 2)Women don't want to hear what you think. Women want to hear what they think - in a deeper voice. <BR> Bill Cosby <BR> <BR> 3)Women have always been the strong ones of the world. The men are always seeking from women a little pillow to put their heads down on. They are always longing for the mother who held them as infants. <BR> ... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:46:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 12 - 18 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49661673 1)Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master. <BR> George Washington <BR> <BR> 2)A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands of students dressed in identical caps and gowns that 'individuality' is the key to success. <BR> Robert Orben <BR> <BR> 3)Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <... Tue, 28 Aug 2012 10:25:14 EST New team member from Florida http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x49637166 Hello everyone. I found this team through Abby's Spark Page and I can see by the intros here that I have a lot in common with a lot of members! <BR> <BR> A little about evwings is about all I can do right now. Supper will soon be upon us and I don't dare miss that! I joined Spark in 2008. but didn't do much with it. I tried again in April 2010. I made a page and joined a team or two, but once more, I didn't so much. At that point I was at 255. I came back in August of 2010 determined to mak... Sun, 26 Aug 2012 18:30:08 EST Fairy shrimp, my story has 'em http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x49607300 Hello! <BR> <BR> This was totally meant to be my introduction post, but I got distracted and clicked the wrong options. Please ignore me, or better yet, let me know how to delete this! Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:47:16 EST Science Fiction Writer Ready To Kick It http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x49598040 Be ye gone, all bad habits, idle pounds, flabby arms and rogue wrinkles. Time for a rejuvenation! <BR> I command thee: "Leave my vicinity, leave my virginity, and" -- no, wait ... . Now that I have your attention, let's just give each other the gift of friendship in this turbulent time of tying the knot as we embrace our newly wed healthy habits ... for life. Amen. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 22:55:26 EST I know it's cheesy to be excited, but http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x49484035 ...I got an author page on Goodreads! It's real! It's got my name on it and everything!!! <BR> <BR> http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/645<BR>7442.Abigail_Sharpe <BR> <BR> Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thu, 16 Aug 2012 09:29:29 EST This is the year.... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49469879 I'm turning 44 today. I'm almost finished with a massive revision to my work in progress (A Strategic Alliance), and I think I'm finally getting it. A story can't just be a series of scenes strung together. It has to be a story, with a point. My 44th year is the year I shall publish. I'm ready. Bring it on!!! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:43:32 EST For Romance Authors http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49469209 Most RWA chapters have a contest for unpublished authors and mine is no different - plus - you don't have to be a member of the Romance Writers of America to enter. <BR> <BR> http://www.firstcoastromancewriters.com/<BR>?page_id=8 <BR> <BR> The final judges in most categories are an agent AND an editor. We're only accepting 125 entries and we're getting new entries every day. Deadline is Aug. 31. <BR> <BR> Happy writing! Wed, 15 Aug 2012 10:03:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Aug 5-11 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49419753 1)A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others. <BR> Ayn Rand <BR> <BR> 2)Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. <BR> Ella Wheeler Wilcox <BR> <BR> 3)Always desire to learn something useful. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later. <BR> Og Mandino ... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 07:10:23 EST Mind blown! ;)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49418654 I've been feeling very down, both in general and related to weight loss and writing. I just got done posting a status displaying my morbid and angsty state for the world, poked abound Sparkpeople and suddenly got the idea to look for a writer's Sparkteam. <BR> <BR> I know, after being on Sparkpeople for almost eight months now, I really should not have been surprised when I found y'all. But my mind was further blown when I saw dragonchilde's name on the forum listing. Yay! I suddenly fee... Sun, 12 Aug 2012 01:49:11 EST Tell me what you think ..... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49291209 I just had a brain flash on experimenting with something. As you may or may not know, I've been working on a book for a while now. To help encourage me to continue writing this book, I've decided to send excerpts of it to my mother-in-law to read every week when my hubby goes to take her shopping. <BR> <BR> Now I need to explain. I rarely see her and I think she thinks that I don't care about her .... which is not true at all. Hubby doesn't want me to go. He's got a thing about this b... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 13:17:54 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 29- Aug 4 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49224094 1)A budget tells us what we can't afford, but it doesn't keep us from buying it. <BR> William Feather <BR> <BR> 2)A diplomat is a person who can tell you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip. <BR> Caskie Stinnett <BR> <BR> 3)A healthy democracy requires a decent society; it requires that we are honorable, generous, tolerant and respectful. <BR> Charles W. Pickering <BR> <BR> 4)A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where ... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:03:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 22 -28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49089302 1)A friend doesn't go on a diet because you are fat. <BR> Erma Bombeck <BR> <BR> 2)A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. <BR> George Bernard Shaw <BR> <BR> 3)A James Cagney love scene is one where he lets the other guy live. <BR> Bob Hope <BR> <BR> 4)A man always has two reasons for doing anything: a good reason and the real reason. <BR> J. P. Morgan <BR> <BR> 5)A man who wants to lead the orchestra must turn his back on the crowd. <BR> Max Luc... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:51:12 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 15 - 21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49089132 1)A woman has to be intelligent, have charm, a sense of humor, and be kind. It's the same qualities I require from a man. <BR> Catherine Deneuve <BR> <BR> 2)A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition. <BR> Gilbert K. Chesterton <BR> <BR> 3)Action is the real measure of intelligence. <BR> Napoleon Hill <BR> <BR> 4)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 5)An intellectual is someone whose mind watches itself. <BR> Albert Camus <B... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 16:32:54 EST What are your favorite ways to brainstorm? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x49074617 I'm currently brainstorming ideas for an ebook I'm going to write. So it got me to thinking, there must be many different ways of doing this out there other than what I do (making lists, generally). <BR> <BR> What are the most effective techniques you use? Fri, 20 Jul 2012 14:37:29 EST CELEBRATE!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x49038292 I SOLD MY NOVEL! Okay, actually, my agent sold my novel, but I WROTE A NOVEL AND SOMEONE BOUGHT IT!!! WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! <BR> <BR> It's romance. It's with Grand Central Forever Yours. It's part of a two-book contract and I'm so flippin' excited I could spit!!!!! <BR> <BR> Details on my blog: abigailsharpe.com Wed, 18 Jul 2012 09:10:56 EST Are you on Google Plus? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48965859 I've discovered that there's quite a writing community over on G+, and I was wondering if any of you were on it? I'd love to have more writers over there. <BR> <BR> If you are, let me know! I'd love to have you in my circles. :) G+ has gotten me started on a #2kperday challenge... and we do silent writing hangouts every so often. Fri, 13 Jul 2012 12:39:24 EST Hello, everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x48962527 I've been a freelance writer and editor for almost 15 years now. Some projects have been satisfying and some not. <BR> <BR> I want to focus more on my non-deadline writing--a mystery novel, personal essays, short stories. I'm good at writing under a real deadline, but not so good at keeping going on non-deadline projects, which are--ironically--the ones I care about the most. So I'm hoping that this group will help to keep me on track. <BR> <BR> Best to all! Fri, 13 Jul 2012 09:00:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( July 8-14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48953493 1)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 2)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never remembers her age. <BR> Robert Frost <BR> <BR> 3)A man growing old becomes a child again. <BR> Sophocles <BR> <BR> 4)Advice in old age is foolish; for what can be more absurd than to increase our provisions... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:05:27 EST RWA National Convention http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48914460 Anyone going? Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:17:12 EST query letters http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48897319 So daunting, right? I could read this blog on what NOT to do for days: <BR> <BR> http://jetreidliterary.blogspot.com/ <BR> <BR> I could read this one for days, too, if he'd post more. Warning: Full on snark ahead! <BR> <BR> http://slushpilehell.tumblr.com/ Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:45:45 EST a short story about me http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x48677346 My name is Sheri and I'm joining the team from a spontaneous whim. I've been writing for many, many years (poetry, short stories, fanfic, novels I've never finished, etc), but was rarely encouraged so I've never done much with it. My parents have no interest in supporting anything I do (saying they support and actually supporting are 2 totally different things). I had some support when I would write fanfic, but usually only when it was written for just a specific friend and played off of some... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:49:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 24 -30 )_ http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48664158 1)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. <BR> Brian Tracy <BR> <BR> 2)All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers. <BR> Orison Swett Marden <BR> <BR> 3)All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their di... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 04:10:12 EST Ugh! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48644762 This writing business is driving me BONKERS! I have all these ideas, but as soon as a pen gets in my hand.... NOTHING. nada. zilch. It's like they'e all gone, when they aren't. And this could be seconds or minutes after getting the idea. <BR> <BR> Agh, vent over lol. Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:02:36 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 17 -23 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48603660 1)Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. <BR> Samuel Goldwyn <BR> <BR> 2)Look wise, say nothing, and grunt. Speech was given to conceal thought. <BR> Sir William Osler <BR> <BR> 3)Happiness isn't something you experience; it's something you remember. <BR> Oscar Levant <BR> <BR> 4)Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry [economy]. <BR> William Shakespeare ( 'Hamlet,' Act I, Scene iii... Wed, 20 Jun 2012 04:22:29 EST New to this group http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x48600716 Hi I'm ReAnn, <BR> I enjoy words. I enjoy reading, writing, discussing, etc. I am very happy to find this group. I am looking forward to finally start working on a secret dream. I may not say much at first but I look forward to learning a lot and working on saying more. Just posting this is a major step for me. I discovered SparkPeople a couple of years ago but obviously was not ready to put the work in. Now I am committed to achieving my dreams. I look forward to meeting all of you. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 21:46:55 EST Looking for Writing Buddy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x48483927 Hi! <BR> I'm looking for a writing buddy. Someone to share work with, get and give feedback on plot issues, opening scenes, etc, hold each other accountable, and keep each other motivated and focused. <BR> <BR> I write fantasy, specifically paranormal fantasy, but I've written all kinds of fantasy in the past. Anyone interested? <BR> <BR> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 23:03:11 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 10- 16) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48450634 1)A baby is born with a need to be loved - and never outgrows it. <BR> Frank Howard Clark <BR> <BR> 2)A mother who is really a mother is never free. <BR> Honore de Balzac <BR> <BR> 3)Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating. <BR> Bob Filner <BR> <BR> 4)Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. <BR> Carl Jung <BR> <BR> 5)Children that are raised in a home with... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:40:45 EST Quotes of the Week ( June 3 -9) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48450343 1)Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion. <BR> Jim Rohn <BR> <BR> 2)Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected. <BR> Steve Jobs <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 4)Doing is a quantum leap from imagining. <BR> Barbara Sher <BR> <BR> 5)Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for t... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 18:11:48 EST Want to write with a friend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x48427350 Hello - I haven't been on here in ages, so I'm glad to be back. So nice to see others achieving goals and excited to get back into writing and sharing their stories. This is just what a friend and me want to do. Start writing a book together about our lives growing up. We met at the age of 8 through our older brothers and we lived just 7 houses apart. I've done a rough "Introduction" and will be starting on some chapters soon. The thing is, once we've done up some draft copies, what ne... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 02:05:34 EST Starting to write http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48272640 I can never just sit down, pick up a pen at a certain time and start to write. <BR> I have to wait untill an idea comes into my head, it could be while I am out walking, washing dishes or something that was said in a conversation. I've been writing for about 14 years, <BR> taken part in creative writing workshops poetry readings etc., but have never entered competitions. Anybody else like me? <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 May 2012 06:23:19 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 27 - June 2 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48236673 1)Have a bias toward action - let's see something happen now. You can break that big plan into small steps and take the first step right away.” <BR> Indira Gandhi <BR> <BR> 2) Always use your mind and plan deep before doing an action. it is not a cowardly act to retreat in a battle, let's stay focused on a step backward to have 10 steps forward. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) Planning without action is futile, action without planning is fatal. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Courage is the di... Sat, 26 May 2012 09:45:22 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 20 -26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48178860 Quotes on Stupidity: <BR> ================ <BR> <BR> 1) Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain. <BR> Friedrich Schiller <BR> <BR> <BR> 2)Anyway, no drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the source of our troubles, we shouldn't test people for drugs, we should test them for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power. <BR> P. J. O'Rourke <BR> <BR> <BR> 3)But courage which goes against military expediency is stupidity... Tue, 22 May 2012 07:59:15 EST Quotes of the Week ( May13 -19 )) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48104440 1)A dress that zips up the back will bring a husband and wife together. <BR> James H. Boren <BR> <BR> 2)A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband. <BR> Michel de Montaigne <BR> . <BR> 3)A comfortable old age is the reward of a well-spent youth. Instead of its bringing sad and melancholy prospects of decay, it would give us hopes of eternal youth in a better world. <BR> Maurice Chevalier <BR> <BR> 4)A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman's birthday but never ... Wed, 16 May 2012 23:16:17 EST Scam alert! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48094362 <link>mandydegeit.wordpress.com/2012/05/14<BR>/when-publishing-goes-wrong-starring-u<BR>ndead-press/ </link> <BR> <BR> As a reminder, always do your research before handing your work to someone. Wed, 16 May 2012 11:11:05 EST Writing *Help* Books + Reviews http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48094125 Hi, <BR> <BR> I am reading a few books this summer to help me with improving my writing. I am actually reading books that are a part of the curriculum for a few classes I've seen advertised as seminars (online and in person). <BR> <BR> Right now I am reading, Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card. <BR> <BR> I figured I'd start this topic because I didn't see a similar one. <BR> <BR> I'll post a review of the book once I've done. <BR> <BR> Is anyone else reading anything help... Wed, 16 May 2012 10:59:24 EST Quotes of the Week ( May 6 -12 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x48013127 1)“The wise understand by themselves; fools follow the reports of others <BR> Tibetan Proverb <BR> <BR> 2)“The books that help you the most are those which make you think the most. <BR> Theodore Parker <BR> <BR> 3) I Like this quote I dislike this quote“You know you've read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. <BR> Paul Sweeney <BR> <BR> 4)People only see what they are prepared to see. <BR> Ralph Waldo <BR> <BR> 5) I Like this quot... Thu, 10 May 2012 21:48:18 EST Camp NaNoWriMo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47917093 Some of you may have heard of NaNoWriMo... National Novel Writing Month. Well, this summer, we're doing our second Camp NaNoWriMo! It's sortof a light NaNoWriMo during summer months of June and August. <BR> <BR> The goal: 50,000 words in 30 days. <BR> <BR> That's just 1,667 words a day. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.campnanowrimo.org </link> <BR> <BR> Maybe we can do a challenge! Fri, 4 May 2012 20:37:23 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 29 - May 5 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47884483 1)If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. <BR> Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> 2)The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. <BR> Morrie Schwartz <BR> <BR> 3)If people are truly, madly, deeply in love with each other, they will find a way. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. <... Wed, 2 May 2012 21:02:15 EST Newbee http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x47784678 Hi. Just happen to find this support group and it sounds like fun. <BR> Nice to know that there are other writers who are trying to live healthy, <BR> be fit and continue in their creativity. <BR> We can do it together!! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 22:51:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 22 -28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47709376 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 3)Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. <BR> Leo Tolstoy <BR> <BR> 4)The world as we have created it is a pro... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 19:29:07 EST Thank you http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47631931 Every week, or every couple of weeks we get some wonderful quotes from Travelfan. <BR> <BR> I just want to say <em>304</em> <BR> <BR> I always read them and always get something out of them to think about! Tue, 17 Apr 2012 20:13:44 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 15 -21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47624888 1)Every woman should have four pets in her life. A mink in her closet, a jaguar in her garage, a tiger in her bed, and a jackass who pays for everything. <BR> Paris Hilton <BR> <BR> 2)Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. <BR> Jamie Paolinetti <BR> <BR> 3) If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it. <BR> Jesse Jackson <BR> <BR> 4)I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can ad... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 11:25:16 EST Writing contests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47623376 Speaking of contests... <BR> (Really, we were. I promise.) <BR> <BR> One of the ways to get input, exposure, and sometimes a little money from your writing is entering writing contests. <BR> <BR> Do you think it would be a good idea to have a thread dedicated to contest links, tips, tricks, questions, victory dances, etc? Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:58:34 EST Short fiction submissions http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47608838 Is anyone else trying to get published in the short fiction markets? <BR> <BR> In between working on my novels, I've written a few SF/F short stories. I just finished a horror fiction that my writing group is encouaging me to clean up and submit. <BR> <BR> My thought was to start big. I went for the big names first - Asimov's, Clarkesworld, Analog, etc. I figure I start with the dream publications, with their pro-pay and name cache. If they decline, I work my way down the list. I don't want... Mon, 16 Apr 2012 12:40:41 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 8 -14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47512416 1)Laugh as much as you breathe and love as long as you live. <BR> Anonynous <BR> <BR> 2)It hurts to love someone and not be loved in return, but what is the most painful is to love someone and never find the courage to let the person know how you feel. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4) Be happy. It's one way of being wise. <BR> Sidonie Gab... Tue, 10 Apr 2012 10:09:07 EST I was just about to leave... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x47472912 I was just about to leave this team, as it's one I seldom log into... but then I was reminded what a great group it is. I love the "weekly quotes" and all the writing challenges and encouragement that go on. <BR> <BR> Since I'm staying now, I will introduce myself (not sure I did it when I joined). I live in WA state, ideally need to lose 150 pounds. Hm... well, technically 165, but we'll pretend those last 15 pounds didn't really slip back on. Besides... I'm sure I'll be equally ecstatic w... Sat, 7 Apr 2012 18:14:30 EST Quotes of the Week ( April 1 - 7 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47454292 1)A man falls in love through his eyes, a woman through her ears. <BR> Woodrow Wyatt <BR> <BR> 2)A foolish man tells a woman to stop talking, but a wise man tells her that her mouth is extremely beautiful when her lips are closed. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Whenever you're in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude. <BR> William James <BR> <BR> 4)No man is worth your tears, but... Fri, 6 Apr 2012 10:47:02 EST Healthy Dessert Ideas for the Family http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x47330026 What do you make when your family is asking for dessert after dinner? I have a sweet tooth and I am looking for healthy dessert ideas that my family will enjoy but that won't add a lot of empty calories to my day. Thanks in advance for your suggestions and recipes! Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:49:46 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x47256624 My name is Michele.I am glad to be a member.Thank you.I wrote my autobiography and it was read by an editor in New York.She is editiing the book to the point where she says she is the author and I am the psychic.She has had my manuscript for over two years..She says she has proposals to give to publishers.I needed a website.I got one.I have had articles published in several magazines.Frankly I am getting disgusted with the whole thing. <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 15:35:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 25 -31 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47255031 1)The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it. <BR> Flannery O'Connor <BR> <BR> 2) When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3) A man is already halfway in love with any woman who listens to him. <BR> Brendan Francis <BR> <BR> 4)Behind every successful man is a surprised woman. <BR> Maryon Pearson <BR> <BR> 5)Friends are like bras: close to your heart and there for support. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 25 Mar 2012 13:25:44 EST Golden Heart/RITA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x47173775 Any other romance writers out there? Anyone else enter the Golden Heart or RITA? Anyone else have their stomach playing tennis with butterflies? Tue, 20 Mar 2012 08:55:08 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 18 -24 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47139589 1) If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there. <BR> Lewis Carroll <BR> <BR> 2)The best way to waste your life, ... is by taking notes. The easiest way to avoid living is to just watch. Look for the details. Report. Don't participate. <BR> Chuck Palahniuk <BR> <BR> 3)Never allow someone to be your priority while allowing yourself to be their option. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)Courage is the discovery that you may not win, and trying when you know you can lose. <... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:44:20 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 11 -17 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47139355 1)Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. <BR> Maya Angelou <BR> <BR> 2)Have the courage to live. Anyone can die. <BR> Robert Cody <BR> <BR> 3)Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. <BR> Pope Paul VI <BR> <BR> 4)Love doesn't make the world go '... Sun, 18 Mar 2012 11:24:59 EST Children's Book Illustrators? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x47102754 Does anyone here write children's books, or use illustrations in your books? If you do, do you have any advice for someone looking for an illustrator? Thanks for your time. <BR> <BR> Jess Fri, 16 Mar 2012 00:25:13 EST Hello Everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x46989831 After searching for an active SparkPeople writing group for what seems like forever, I was on the verge of giving up hope. Then I stumbled upon this group and I am beyond ecstatic! I am a 24 years old full time college student (majoring in Accounting) and an aspiring writer. I don’t have one specific genre of fiction that I like to write because I enjoy writing whatever story comes to me. However, I will say that I have not attempted to write any science fiction because it seems to be too... Fri, 9 Mar 2012 12:42:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( March 4 -10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46957961 <BR> 1)Above all, don't lie to yourself. The man who lies to himself and listens to his own lie comes to a point that he cannot distinguish the truth within him, or around him, and so loses all respect for himself and for others. And having no respect he ceases to love. <BR> Fyodor Dostoyevsky <BR> <BR> 2) Take the world as it is, not as it ought to be <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Adaptability is not imitation. It means power of resistance and assimilation. <BR> -Mahatma Gandhi <BR> <BR> 4)... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 16:23:56 EST ScriptFrenzy http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46950317 I was just curious if anyone here is doing ScriptFrenzy next month??? <BR> <BR> I've never wrote a screenplay or script before, but it sounds like it might be fun to try. Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:40:22 EST Specialties http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46950232 My hero is a newspaper reporter. It occurred to me last night that I have no idea what newspaper offices look like. And then I thought, what if someone here does? <BR> <BR> Is there a place to go to see what specialties folks have if others need help? Like, I live in Florida, so if someone wanted to know if the air really feels like soup during the summer, or how freaky the five-minute rainstorms are, I could post my knowledge somewhere? Wed, 7 Mar 2012 08:35:11 EST Hello there http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x46947290 I am a historian, writer and academic editor. I work at a university. I am 49, married for 25 years, have a daughter off at university. <BR> <BR> I am also about to be published. Which is amazing. The first three of a five-book series of fantasy fiction books are set to be published this Spring. <BR> <BR> I confess my main motivation for wanting to lose at least some of the 80-so extra pounds I am packing is so I will look better in photographs. I feel like that is a stupid motivation, vain... Wed, 7 Mar 2012 01:35:01 EST Non-Fictioneers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46941750 I'm in a commitment to work on my non fiction work in progress until Easter. Then I will be working on a memoir until mid June, but likely continuing research, editing, and polishing on my non fiction. I just thought I'd put up this little beach umbrella and see if anyone else is doing non fiction. Tue, 6 Mar 2012 19:13:07 EST Hey! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x46913127 Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> I've always loved to write (and do other crafts like sewing, crocheting, decorating.... any kind of creating, really) ..... but I've found it hard to balance my sedentary creative side with an active lifestyle. Here's to giving it another go! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:32:56 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 25 -March 3 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46876636 1) We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves. <BR> Johann Wolfgang von Goethe <BR> <BR> 2)Diplomacy means the art of nearly deceiving all your friends, but not quite deceiving all your enemies. <BR> Kofi Busia <BR> <BR> 3)Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route. <BR> Francois de La Rochefoucauld <BR> <BR> 4)Through pride we are ever deceiving ourselves. But deep down below the surface of the average conscience a still, small... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 01:38:08 EST What is horror? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46826725 What are the essential elements of horror? <BR> <BR> My writing group is doing a short story challenge for spring. We do these 3-4 times a year as a chance for each of us to stretch a bit and maybe take a chance. <BR> <BR> My challenge is to write a horror story. I've never written horror. I thought about trying comedy, since I've never really written a straight-up comedy either, but the reason for that is primarily that my sense of humor rarely comes across on the page. <BR> <BR> I'm won... Wed, 29 Feb 2012 09:42:25 EST 100x100 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x46825490 I'm doing a 100x100 challenge with another group - you write 100 words a day for 100 days IN A ROW. If you miss a day, you have to start over. <BR> <BR> Since I've finished editing what I lovingly call my Cowboy story, I've had a hard time switching gears back to writing. So this sort of thing is exactly what I need. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 08:38:22 EST a joke only a writer would understand http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46746544 A woman comes home to find her house in flames and her husband outside. "What happened?" she asked. <BR> <BR> "It was awful," her husband said. "I put a pan on the stove and turned it on, and the phone rang. It was your agent and I forgot about the pan and it caught fire. Everything is burning, but thankfully the cat and I made it out. Everything else is lost!" <BR> <BR> "Hold on. Wait a minute," the woman said. "My agent called?" <BR> <BR> <em>20</em> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 11:48:22 EST Grammar question http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46745667 Well, it's not really a grammar issue but I cannot think where it goes. I was wondering what y'all think. I cannot figure out the correct placement for things with labels. For example, I have a sentence that goes: <BR> <BR> "She pressed a button labeled, Call." <BR> <BR> To me that looks very wrong. Help? Fri, 24 Feb 2012 10:50:55 EST Pen names? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46717121 Does anyone here use a pen name for when they publish their work? If you do, how do you feel about say if someone finds out your real name? How do you go about keeping your personal and professional persona separate especially in the way of social network on facebook where people can see your photo and perhaps make a connection that you are using two names. Another question is why do you use a pen name? My husband wants me to use one as a way of protecting my family from my professional life ... Wed, 22 Feb 2012 17:30:46 EST send good vibes! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x46631647 My story is officially on submission. My stomach is in knots, and I know there's a waiting period, so I hope the knots subside REALLY soon, or it's going to be a long few months. <BR> <BR> Accepting all good vibes sent my way. :) Fri, 17 Feb 2012 12:53:47 EST Hello! Another newbie http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x46622139 The last few years I've been battling a lung disease and diabetes which has interfered with every area of my life including my writing. I am here change that. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know each of you. Thu, 16 Feb 2012 20:49:41 EST the past couple of days have been so quiet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46500016 Is everyone working hard on their manuscripts? Thu, 9 Feb 2012 10:11:57 EST Quotes of the Week ( Feb 5 -11 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46408677 1) You won't fail if you're not perfect, you'll fail if you're not committed to improving yourself slightly each day. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Rather than aiming for being perfect, just aim to be little bit better today than you were yesterday. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)We can reverse years of damage to our bodies by deciding to raise our standards for ourselves, then living differently. Old wounds heal, injuries repair, and the whole system improves with just a few changes in what we p... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:58:29 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 29 - Feb 3 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46408519 1)When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. And maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)What are stumbling blocks and defeat before you, can be stepping stones to victor... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:46:37 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 22 -28 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46408311 1)Make the decision, then do something - no matter how small - toward accomplishing what you want. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Persevere and you will win the prize. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)You get whatever you settle for. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)In all your adversities there lies the seeds of equivalent advantages. In every defeat there is a lesson showing you how to win the next time. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 5)I wake up every day with the realization that this is it, that there'... Sat, 4 Feb 2012 00:32:44 EST Who Is Your Guardian Angel? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46382154 Here's the 2nd article in my series about angels. Two more are scheduled to be posted in February. I invited my friend, and author, Paul Duarte to be a guest author and share his own unexplained angel story with us. I have one of my own that I will share in an upcoming article. The final article will talk about what the bible says about angels. I hope you like this series. <BR> <BR> <link>worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/2012/02<BR>/who-is-your-guardian-angel.html </link> <BR> <BR> A... Thu, 2 Feb 2012 13:25:57 EST Editing challenge http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6056x185x46360511 There are so many writing challenges, but I'm in the editing phase. Can someone come up with an editing challenge? :) Wed, 1 Feb 2012 11:55:56 EST BLOG: Angels from Heaven http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46231625 NEW WORSHIP MELODIES BLOG: <BR> <BR> Have any angel stories? Here's just one of mine! Please, share yours in the comment section below the article on the WM site! <BR> <BR> <link>http://worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/<BR>2012/01/angels-from-heaven.html </link> <BR> <BR> It seems that some of you have been having problems leaving comments on the WM site. Here are the steps to follow to leave your comments with the blog. <BR> <BR> <em>48</em> Write your comment in the comment block prov... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 10:23:47 EST Organizing your writing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46193853 I need a system. I thought I had it all worked out. I have my novel files in one folder on my computer. I separate the files by chapter. They are labeled like: <BR> Deadly_Nightshade_Ch1_RD <BR> Deadly_Nightshade_Ch1_Rev <BR> Deadly_Nightshade_Ch1_Rev2 <BR> <BR> Where RD = Rough Draft, Rev = first revision, Rev2 = second revision, etc. <BR> <BR> Only, I accidentally sent the wrong version of chapter 1 to a prospective agent - one with typos and missing scenes - because I had two Rev2 files ... Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:47:12 EST In need of a support system http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46158097 So, this is my third attempt to get back to SparkPeople in the past year-plus. For some reason, the motivation and stick-to-it-ness I had my first time around (I lost 15 pounds in 3 months and kept it off for 9 months in 2010) is difficult to recapture on my own. I've asked my husband and two friends to help; and it didn't work. So now, I'm asking for help from the people who I believe will best understand my plight. <BR> <BR> I need a person(s) who is willing to be mutually engaged as a ... Sat, 21 Jan 2012 13:07:26 EST OK, So the Story Goes Like This... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46131387 My latest Worship Melodies Blog.... <BR> <BR> Ever wonder about all those people who like to tell their own story? Ever wonder if you should tell yours? This will give you the answers! <BR> <BR> <link>worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/2012/01<BR>/ok-so-story-goes-like-this.html </link> <BR> <BR> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 21:30:11 EST Thinking of a Masters of Fine Arts Program? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46113974 Kendall Giles provides an insightful discussion on writing MFA programs. If you're thinking of one, here is his link: <BR> <BR> <link>www.kendallgiles.com/2012/01/how-to-<BR>choose -a-creative-writing-mfa-program/ </link> <BR> <BR> Lou Wed, 18 Jan 2012 22:53:06 EST Interesting Questions 7 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46054890 1) What is one thing you wish you had more time for? <BR> <BR> 2)What place would you like to visit before you die? <BR> <BR> 3) What sport or hobby would you like take up? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could own the world's largest collection of anything, what would it be? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:13:05 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 15 -21 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46054777 1)Being happy doesn't mean that everything is perfect. It means that you've decided to look beyond the imperfections. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Tears are words the heart can't express. <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Be yourself. Above all, let who you are, what you are, what you believe, shine through every sentence you write, every piece you finish. <BR> John Jakes <BR> <BR> 4)Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the thing... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 01:01:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 8 -14 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x46054576 1)Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity. <BR> W. Clement Stone <BR> <BR> 2)It is easier to cope with a bad conscience than with a bad reputation. <BR> Friedrich Nietzsche <BR> <BR> 3)The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in. <BR> Fenderx Morrie Schwartz <BR> <BR> 4)Never allow someone to be your priority while allo... Mon, 16 Jan 2012 00:44:00 EST *whew* http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x45963657 Edits made and sent to agent. Let's hope she likes it. Send any good vibes my way! :) Wed, 11 Jan 2012 08:30:17 EST Blog: How the Grinch Stole Christmas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45948188 My latest blog... God does amazing miracles sometimes at Christmas time. This one is mine about how I came to have a great Christmas for the first time in almost two decades. <BR> <BR> <link>worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/2012/01<BR>/how-grinch-stole-christmas.html </link> Tue, 10 Jan 2012 13:07:18 EST Quotes of the Week ( Jan 1 -7 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45871838 1)As we advance in life, we learn the limits of our abilities. <BR> - James Froude <BR> <BR> 2)We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done. <BR> - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow <BR> <BR> 3)Every man over forty is responsible for his face. <BR> - Abraham Lincoln <BR> <BR> 4)Love never dies a natural death. It dies because we don't know how to replenish its source. It dies of blindness and errors and betrayals. It dies of illness and w... Fri, 6 Jan 2012 23:07:13 EST Go Me!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=6061x185x45815756 I was able to write THE END last night! Yay! <BR> Now, these were for edits done by hand on actual paper, so I still need to transpose them to the computer. But STILL. I'M DONE!!!! WHO-HOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wed, 4 Jan 2012 10:19:23 EST it's a new year and a new person http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45750625 Hey all. I'm Dan. I'm positive I already had an account here but I can't remember any logins or anything so I'm starting again. I'm a 22 year old who's living in Pennsylvania and here to lose about 90 pounds. Tomorrow I'm starting college, in July I'm moving to where my son lives and my last resolution was to get in shape so that's what I'm doing. (I just backspaced over 'trying' and replaced it with 'doing' !!!) <BR> <BR> Anyway, I'm certainly here to try to make friends so if any of you gu... Sun, 1 Jan 2012 16:07:23 EST Hi from NC! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45644142 Merry Christmas everyone! New member here, just saying hello. I am a full time freelance writer and am working on my first book, a psychological suspense novel. Definitely can use a supportive writing group. Just saying hey! <BR> <BR> Erin Sun, 25 Dec 2011 12:00:10 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 25 -31 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45644009 1)Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip. <BR> Gary Allan <BR> <BR> 2)There's more, much more, to Christmas Than candlelight and cheer; It's the spirit of sweet friendship That brightens all year. It's thoughtfulness and kindness, It's hope reborn again, For peace, for understanding, And for goodwill to men! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 3)Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree. In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall. <BR> Larry Wilde <BR> <BR> 4) I have always though... Sun, 25 Dec 2011 11:46:26 EST Interesting Questions 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45631998 <BR> 1) If you have to name the dummest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 2)If you had to name the wisest purchase you eve made, what would it be? <BR> <BR> 3) What has been the greatest disappointment of your life? <BR> <BR> 4) If you could erase fears in your life, which one would you erase first? <BR> <BR> <BR> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:46:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 18 -24 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45631891 1)Where there is a will, there is a way. If there is a chance in a million that you can do something, anything, to keep what you want from ending, do it. Pry the door open or, if need be, wedge your foot in that door and keep it open. <BR> Pauline Kael <BR> <BR> 2)Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. <BR> Ralph Waldo Emerson <BR> <BR> 3)Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as... Sat, 24 Dec 2011 01:26:50 EST Sliding On the Ice http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45602408 If the Christmas season is difficult for you, my latest blog might help. If you know someone who has a difficult time during Christmas, this may help you to help them. <BR> <BR> <link>worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/2011/12<BR>/sliding-on-ice.html </link> <BR> <BR> <em>446</em> <em>445</em> <em>460</em> <em>447</em> <em>444</em> <em>443</em> <em>442</em> Wed, 21 Dec 2011 17:07:24 EST Romance writer ready to get fit! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45601469 Hello, fellow writers! I knew I'd find a group of y'all here. <BR> <BR> I'm an aspiring romance novelist, unpublished but with an agent, so hopefully soon! *crosses fingers* I'd love for my head to NOT look like a potato on my book cover, which is why I'm here. *grin* <BR> <BR> For those who follow romance, I'm a member of RWA and the First Coast chapter, and a 2010 Golden Heart finalist. Wed, 21 Dec 2011 15:22:27 EST Getting back into it after time away http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45600853 For me, writing was a BIG part of life. I wrote for hours every day as a child and teenager; there was no doubt I would be a writer. But somewhere along the way I hit adult hood and just...stopped. I haven't written properly in about 5 years, and I feel like I've lost the ability to do so. <BR> <BR> How do you start again after so long away? Anyone else recovering from a period of writing abstinence? Wed, 21 Dec 2011 14:15:26 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 11 -17 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45523464 1)This yoga should be practiced with firm determination and perseverance, without any mental reservation or doubts. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 2)The state of severance of union with sorrow is known by the name of yoga. <BR> Bhagavad Gita <BR> <BR> 3)Fall with awareness and acceptance. <BR> Brian Kest <BR> <BR> 4)Woman was taken out of man; not out of his head to top him, nor out of his feet to be trampled underfoot; but out of his side to be equal to him, under his arm to be protected... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 11:29:51 EST Shocking! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45477211 I just made the startling discovery that although I have signed up for this group a couple of days back, I am still to introduce myself. My sincere apologies for not having done that earlier. <BR> <BR> Then again, it does not come as a great surprise that I haven't. I hate introductions. At least, writing my own. Introductions are when people talk about themselves - and I hate talking about myself. Mainly because I never quite know what to say. <BR> <BR> First, I do not have a lot of exciti... Mon, 12 Dec 2011 05:22:28 EST schedule http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45453283 When do you guys write most often? Do you write on a schedule? A certain time of day? <BR> <BR> I find that I write better in the mornings or late evenings, usually when my kids are at school or asleep. I have a harder time in afternoons, when it's really hot (I live in south Texas), or when there are a lot of people home (weekends, vacations). I've been trying not to write at night so much because I end up going to bed too late, so it's been mostly mornings for me lately. Sat, 10 Dec 2011 08:42:33 EST Quotes of the Week ( Dec 4 - 10 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45420639 1)Education is the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self-confidence. <BR> - Robert Frost <BR> <BR> 2)Love is more than a noun -- it is a verb; it is more than a feeling -- it is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing. <BR> - William Arthur Ward <BR> <BR> 3)Contempt is the weapon of the weak and a defense against one's own despised and unwanted feelings. <BR> Alice Miller <BR> <BR> 4)One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of c... Wed, 7 Dec 2011 21:03:16 EST Hello everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45395312 Hi, I'm Amanda and have been on Spark for about nine months now. I'm a long-time writer, writing short stories since early childhood and novels for the last 5-6 years. I've had a few short stories published and some novels looked at by agents but no luck on that yet. I thought I'd come reach out to other Spark writers. :) Tue, 6 Dec 2011 08:27:58 EST Interesting Questions 5 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45376679 1)Who do you feel the closest to? <BR> <BR> 2) What was your most joyous experience as a child? <BR> <BR> 3) What offenses do you find the most difficult to forgive? <BR> <BR> 4) What do you regret the most? <BR> <BR> 5) Who inspires you the most? <BR> <BR> <BR> Mon, 5 Dec 2011 03:19:51 EST Yuletide Cheer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45372274 Here's my latest blog entry on my own website. It's about finding the true Christmas spirit. <BR> <BR> <link>http://worshipmelodies.blogspot.com/<BR>2011/12/yuletide-cheer.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sun, 4 Dec 2011 20:10:28 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 27-Dec 3 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45338267 1)Never fight with an ugly person - they have nothing to lose! <BR> Anonymous <BR> <BR> 2)Ugliness is superior to beauty because it lasts. <BR> Serge Gainsbourg <BR> <BR> 3)Be careful whose toes you step on today because they might be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow! <BR> -Anonymous <BR> <BR> 4)According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgmental,... Fri, 2 Dec 2011 11:31:26 EST Hi from (outside of) Seattle http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x185x45293911 Hi! <BR> <BR> I'm Melissa, and I'm from the Pacific NW. I've been a member of SparkPeople (and this group) before, but it has been a long time. Back to work on consistency -- in lots of areas, including writing. I'm working on a novel, and I'm determined to finish it in 2012. <BR> <BR> Looking forward to getting to know you! Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:44:07 EST Quotes of the Week ( Nov 20 -26 ) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x185x45174525 1)A bride at her second marriage does not wear a veil. She wants to see what she is getting. <BR> Helen Rowland <BR> <BR> 2)Always be smarter than the people who hire you. <BR> Lena Horne <BR> <BR> 3)Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. <BR> Julius Charles Hare <BR> <BR> 4)Being an intellectual creates a lot of questions and no answers. <BR> Janis Joplin <BR> <BR> 5)Belief is the death of intelligence. <BR> Robert Anton Wilson <BR> <BR> 6... Sun, 20 Nov 2011 20:55:37 EST